Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Habitats

Explore the web's most complete and up-to-date habitat classifications for the shorelines of Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Species Library

Our updated species library features checklists of species found in the Puget Sound watershed, from vertebrates and invertebrates, to plants and algae. Read thousands of descriptions from the Encyclopedia of Life and find status and trends for regional species of concern.  

Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Report

Forage fish represent a critical link in the Puget Sound food web, but may be vulnerable on a variety of fronts according to a study panel report from the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute.

Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
Document Archive

Our document archive includes a rich history of Puget Sound science, from the State of the Sound to a complete collection of Salish Sea conference proceedings.

The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Our scope

Puget Sound is fed by its many water sources, from high elevation snowmelt to floodplains and wetlands. Articles and accounts feature terrestrial species and environments, as well as nearshore and marine systems. View watershed boundaries.

Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Report

A report by the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute describes a 2013 workshop to integrate the social sciences into Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring.

Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Biennial Science Work Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership is collaborating with the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute to prepare an inventory of current scientific research related to Puget Sound recovery. This draft assessment will eventually be available as part of the Partnership's Biennial Science Work Plan. 

Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
Surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus). Image courtesy of NOAA.
Figure and title from 1954 UW report on oceanographic effects of Puget Sound surface winds
The Nisqually River flows away from the peak of Mt. Rainier in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Herring spawn research in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Scientists examine the 'time of emergence' for climate change in Puget Sound

Climate change, like politics, is local. "At least that is how you have to look at the impacts," says Encyclopedia of Puget Sound topic editor Amy Snover. Snover is the Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington and has been conducting research on the expected 'time of emergence' for climate change in the Puget Sound region.

Featured paper

Ecological effect of a nonnative seagrass spreading in the Northeast Pacific: A review of Zostera japonica

A 2014 literature review in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management suggests negative effects of nonnative eelgrass on the native species. More>

Recent papers

View selected papers and reports related to Puget Sound science. The list is generated monthly through alerts by Google Scholar, and we welcome additional suggestions.

Species of the day

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Martes pennanti
photo of Martes pennanti (Fisher). Source: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6601249327_bc2cabe779_z.jpg
Magazine

Nature inspires new approach to flood control

Aerial photo of Hansen Creek restoration site in Skagit County, WA. October 15, 2010. Photo: Kari Neumeyer/NWIFC

Every year, winter rains bring the threat of millions of dollars in property damage, or even the loss of life, from floods. Rivers have historically been channeled and tamed to protect towns and farms in low-lying floodplains, but research shows that this approach may actually be making flooding worse while at the same time threatening Puget Sound's salmon. At Hansen Creek in the Skagit Valley, scientists say nature is the best engineer.

Read more about floodplains in Salish Sea Currents.

News

When can we expect to see the full impacts of climate change in Puget Sound, and what will they be? Scientists examine 'time of emergence.' Read more. 

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Defining the watershed

How do we define the Puget Sound watershed? The boundaries are mapped using hydrologic unit codes (HUCs), nationally standardized divisions used by conservation agencies.

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