The Puget Sound Institute is collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enhance a new web-based mapping resource for Puget Sound. The project will utilize NOAA’s Environmental Response Management Application® (ERMA) within the Institute’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Puget Sound to bring together a wide array of GIS and oceanographic data. ERMA was first used extensively in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the same mapping application is now being customized for the Puget Sound watershed and Northwest area.
Dave Peeler and Leska Fore have joined the Puget Sound Partnership’s science team to support the monitoring program.
A recent study by UW undergraduates at SoundCitizen, which recently moved from Oceanography to the Center for Urban Waters, shows that Puget Sound is awash in vanilla, pain relievers and other man-made compounds.
Newly elected Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel Joe Gaydos began his term on January 25th, with Bill Labiosa serving as Vice Chair. Gaydos is the Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, a marine ecosystem health program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. Gaydos has been a member of the Science Panel since 2009, and has spent the past eight years collecting and distributing scientific data on Puget Sound.
- Visit our expanded document archive at: http://blog.pugetsoundinstitute.org/document-archive/. The Puget Sound Institute has scanned and uploaded more than two-dozen documents covering 25 years of Puget Sound science, including all available “State of the Sound” and Georgia Basin/Salish Sea conference proceedings. Take a journey back to 1986, or fast forward to the recently posted proceedings of the 2011 Salish Sea conference.
- The PSI welcomes your comments regarding the new Puget Sound Science Review (PSSR). This spring the PSSR will become a key anchor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Help us identify gaps and areas of focus as we engage in this process. The Encyclopedia will be a living document featuring a synthesis of scientific information about Puget Sound protection and restoration, and will be edited and updated by a community of credentialed experts. Contact us with your feedback, or get involved and find out more about becoming an editor or topic curator.
- Upcoming event: Watch for upcoming announcements about the 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium, which will be hosted by PSI and the Center for Urban Waters on April 18th. For information on last year’s symposium, visit the 2011 University of Washington Water Symposium website.
PSI/Urban Waters post-doctoral researcher Justin P. Miller-Schulze was recently the lead author on a paper published in Atmospheric Environment, “Characteristics of fine particle carbonaceous aerosol at two remote sites in Central Asia,” and a co-author on a paper in Environmental Science and Technology, “Chemical Characterization and Source Apportionment of Fine and Coarse Particulate Matter inside the refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, home of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’.” Both of these studies involve the use of chemical mass balance source apportionment techniques to estimate the sources of ambient particulate matter. Miller-Schulze is currently working at the Center for Urban Waters to use analogous methods to estimate the relevant sources of chemical species of interest (i.e., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, etc.) and their impact on the Puget Sound region as well as the Sound itself. Miller-Schulze says that some of the same conditions that lead to poor air quality in Milan—a tendency for pollution to stagnate in the local airshed—also exist in Tacoma. Continue reading
Puget Sound Institute Research Scientist Andy James is co-author of a paper this month in the journal Environmental Management. The paper, “A Methodology for Evaluating and Ranking Water Quantity Indicators in Support of Ecosystem-based Management” uses Puget Sound as a case study, describing frameworks for identifying and ranking ecosystem indicators. Authors include: C. Andrew James, Jessi Kershner, Jameal Samhouri, Sandra O’Neill, and Phillip S. Levin.
We are excited to announce that Tessa Francis is the newest member of the Puget Sound Institute team, and begins her appointment as a Research Scientist at the end of this month.
The Puget Sound Institute plans a second Human Dimensions workshop to develop a social science strategy for Puget Sound ecosystem recovery.
Joe Gaydos has been elected Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel, and will assume the gavel on January 25th. Bill Labiosa will serve as Vice Chair.
The Science Panel is an adviser to the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) as it plans and prepares restoration efforts for the Puget Sound region. Panel members are appointed by the PSP Leadership Council and are chosen from leading scientists around Washington State. The Science Panel also serves as an adviser to the Puget Sound Institute.
Gaydos is the Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, a marine ecosystem health program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. Over the past eight years, he has actively participated in the collection and dissemination of scientific data on marine wildlife ecosystems focusing on the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin. He is a trained biologist and veterinarian with an advanced degree specializing in the health and diseases of wildlife populations.
Labiosa has worked as a Research Physical Scientist with USGS since 2001, specializing in watershed/ecosystems management decision analysis and decision support. He has extensive ecological experience and knowledge of Puget Sound serving as the project manager and PI for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model project – a model-based evaluation of ecosystem services and metrics of human well-being as influenced by land use change and regional-scale coastal anthropogenic modifications. Prior to working for USGS, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in Washington, D.C.