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Water quality monitoring and computer models are being used to address scientific questions surrounding nutrient management. Left photo. Right photo.
Water quality monitoring and computer models are being used to address scientific questions surrounding nutrient management. Left photo courtesy UW News. Right photo courtesy Salish Sea Modeling Center.

Series of workshops will advance understanding of nutrients in Puget Sound

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Our region is navigating complex and challenging decisions on how best to manage nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, and the potential impacts of eutrophication on the key habitats and species of the Salish Sea. Over the next year, the Puget Sound Institute is sponsoring a series of scientific workshops to help address technical uncertainties and to advance modeling tools to assist decision-making related to nutrient pollution and broader water quality challenges. Supported by King County and municipalities in the Puget Sound Clean Water Alliance, we are collaborating to:

  • Facilitate 10 scientific workshops with regional stakeholders
  • Convene national and international experts in a Model Evaluation Group to share their perspectives from similar efforts
  • Inform decision-making through access to the latest science and tools, including models, outputs, and monitoring data
  • Lead additional technical analysis, including model runs, that complement existing and planned work by others to address scientific questions and uncertainties

Join us for the kickoff July 26th from 8 – 10 AM PTOur first workshop begins with a talk by Dr. Martha Sutula, Head of the Biogeochemistry Department of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Dr. Sutula will provide insights from her 20+ years of experience on the use of collaborative modeling in managing coastal marine water quality. Roll up your sleeves to help address scientific uncertainties, advance modeling, and refine monitoring to inform decision-making on the science of nutrients and dissolved oxygen in the Salish Sea. Learn more about the projectRegister