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Preview: the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

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Encyclopedia of Puget Sound logoCheck out a preview of the Puget Sound Institute’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Puget Sound at the University of Washington Water Symposium this Wednesday, April 18th. Members of the PSI will be available to answer questions and show screenshots of our latest page designs. We’ll also be asking for your feedback. Send us an email, or visit our information table at the symposium at the Center for Urban Horticulture on the UW Seattle campus.

When and where:

Wednesday, April 18
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture
University of Washington, Seattle

Follow us: Now you can follow the progress of the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound on Facebook and Twitter. See the latest news as we build the site and prepare for launch of v1.0 later this spring.

About the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

The Encyclopedia is based at the University of Washington’s Puget Sound Institute, and works through collaborations and partnerships with leading researchers and agencies. We help you deliver your findings to Puget Sound scientists and policymakers by providing an innovative online communications framework with solid editorial support. Advances in digital technology now offer unprecedented opportunities to find and share scientific information. Broaden your impacts. Join our network of experts and contribute your knowledge to the Encyclopedia.

A key need

Puget Sound faces a multitude of challenges as human population increases, and the region’s lands and waters are transformed by development and climate change. An effort as large and crucial as the cleanup of Puget Sound—with its many facets and thousands of active researchers— is as much an information challenge as it is a scientific one.

Our mission.

Promote synthesis and improve access to the best-available, most relevant scientific information in support of protection and restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

An information ecosystem.

The Encyclopedia will be a living document that can be edited and updated by a community of credentialed scientists. Find articles covering a broad selection of disciplines related to Puget Sound recovery:

  • Biology: information on the status and health of species of the Puget Sound region.
  • Chemistry: marine, freshwater, sediment, pollution, stormwater.
  • Physical environment: geology, bathymetry, cartography, meteorology, physical oceanography and hydrology.
  • Social and economic sciences: quality of life index, fisheries, culture and history.
  • Ecosystem-based management: historical and current policy related to protection of the Puget Sound ecosystem; ecosystem indicators.
  • Threats (drivers and pressures): including climate change and population growth, shoreline armoring, eutrophication and invasive species.

Are you a scientist working in Puget Sound?

Learn what other researchers are doing across disciplines. Or find out how you or your organization can contribute to the body of knowledge:

  • Adopt a topic and curate its content.
  • Contribute a topical article.
  • Comment on existing articles.
  • Contribute GIS data and maps.
  • Offer localized species accounts.
  • Leverage opportunities for your students.
  • Promote your expertise in the directory.
  • Participate in online discussion forums.

Get involved. Share your expertise. Find the latest science. Collaborate.

Questions? Contact us: eops@uw.edu