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Reference publication

The 2015 Puget Sound Fact Book brings together statistics and other information about the health and makeup of the Puget Sound ecosystem. Areas of focus include climate change, geography, water quality, habitats, human dimensions and regional species.

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Report

A 2015 report commissioned in part by the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the expected impacts of climate change on the region.

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

Our species library features checklists of species found in the Salish Sea 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.  

pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Chemistry

Thousands of different compounds, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are produced and used as part of our daily lives.  Advances in analytical methods have allowed the detection of many of these compounds in the environment.

Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Report

A 2014 report from the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute identifies 23 potential indicators of human wellbeing in the Puget Sound region. These indicators were incorporated into the Human Quality of Life "Vital Sign" by the Puget Sound Partnership.

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.

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Report

Every two years, the state's Puget Sound Science Panel identifies decision-critical science needs for Puget Sound recovery. The 2014-2016 Biennial Science Work Plan is now available for download, along with a non-technical summary from the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound.

2015 Puget Sound Fact Book report cover
Report cover
Water Jellyfish; Photo by Dave Cowles. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Life.
pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs are among contaminants of emerging concern
Quality of Life on the Puget Sound Vital Signs wheel
Satellite map of ShoreZone habitats symbolized by major substrate
Biennial Science Work Plan report cover

Updates to ERMA mapping system

NOAA has updated its ERMA mapping system to include features such as time-enabled layers, a new draw tool and increased data sharing. The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound has been a partner with NOAA's Pacific Northwest ERMA site since 2012, and has incorporated links and metadata into our Maps and GIS page.

Read more about the updates in a recent newsletter from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration excerpted below.

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New shoreline armoring studies

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A new report summarizes several key studies of shoreline armoring permitting and compliance in Puget Sound.

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

photo of Coccyzus americanus (Yellow-billed Cuckoo). Source: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7332048650_8d5591885d_z.jpg

Selected pubs

Peruse major, recurring publications and event proceedings related to Puget Sound science. If you want to understand the issues that were relevant for a given time period, these are key documents to read.

Magazine

Going viral: Concerns rise over potential impacts of disease on the ecosystem

Mist from the breath of killer whales is collected at the end of a long pole then tested for dozens of different types of bacteria. Photo: Pete Schroeder

From orcas to starfish to humans, disease affects every living creature in the ecosystem. Scientists are increasingly alarmed by its potential to devastate already compromised populations of species in Puget Sound.

Read more about disease.

News

Maps and GIS: NOAA's ERMA mapping system has been updated to include time-enabled layers and increased data sharing. Find links through EoPS. Blog post. 

Event: Radiolab host Robert Krulwich interviewed our Director and other Puget Sound area panelists in January. Blog post.

Defining the watershed

How do we define the Puget Sound watershed? We explain the thinking behind the region's formal geographic boundaries.

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