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Salish Sea conference will feature GIS ‘speed talks’

PSI will co-sponsor a series of talks at the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference related to geospatial technology and its impact on ecosystem recovery. The conference session will feature short, 5-minute oral presentations and/or posters on a range of emerging topics and approaches within the GIS field. Abstracts for presentations are now being accepted at the conference website through 12/18/2015. Questions …

In the news: Studying microplastics in Puget Sound

The publication Crosscut quotes PSI Director Joel Baker today in a story about microplastics in Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean:  “The Center for Urban Waters at the University of Washington has been surveying the amount of micro-plastics and types of plastic in Puget Sound for years. The center’s lead researcher Joel Baker says they’ve been asked to …

Future scenarios for climate change in Puget Sound

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group has published a series of projections related to the effects of climate change in Puget Sound. Among the group’s findings: Many area streams will be too warm in summers for salmon by 2080, “despite rarely being in excess of these temperatures in the recent past.” “About two-thirds of the glaciated area …

New papers look at ‘zombie’ steroids

They are sometimes called ‘zombie’ chemicals. Some compounds thought to be safe and inactive can change into dangerously active forms when they are exposed to the environment. Two recent papers co-authored by PSI collaborator Ed Kolodziej look at some of the ways that regulators may need to account for these transformations. Cole, EA, McBride, SA, Kimbrough, KC, Lee, J, Marchand, …