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.
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://www.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 […]
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 […]
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.
Those who missed yesterday’s showing at the Seattle Aquarium may want to attend a free screening on February 27th of the new documentary Sound and Vision, by filmmaker Eric Becker. The film was produced by the People for Puget Sound, and is “told through the the stories of people working to clean up, protect and restore habitat in Puget Sound and beyond.” The free screening will be hosted by the UW American Water Resources Association on Monday, February 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, and will be held on the […]
The Puget Sound watershed has gone through extraordinary change in just a few decades. As conservation groups wrestle with ways to protect the region’s environment, a key priority in many cases is also to “restore” Puget Sound to its former health. But what is a healthy Puget Sound? To what condition do we seek to restore it? In short, what was the environment of Puget Sound like? These questions are often answered in quantifiable terms like salmon counts or any number of ecosystem indicators, from shellfish beds to measurements of […]