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January 26, 2014

The importance of synthesis to disaster planning and response

The U.S. government spends billions on disaster relief every year—$136 billion between 2011 and 2013 alone—but one crucial area tends to be overlooked. There are often major gaps in the scientific understanding of the environments in question. When disasters hit, responders must often play catch up, using valuable time assessing prior ecological conditions or pulling together […]

July 3, 2013

Abstracts due for Puget Sound social sciences theme issue of Coastal Management

The journal Coastal Management has issued a call for abstracts for a special theme issue focusing on “The State of the Social Sciences in Puget Sound Recovery.” Abstracts are due July 21st, and full manuscripts (upon invitation) will be due October 1, 2013. Co-Guest Editors are Katharine F. Wellman of the PSP Science Panel and Kelly Biedenweg […]

June 19, 2013

Recreation and water quality in Puget Sound

Puget Sound Institute Visiting Scholar Bill Labiosa recently co-authored a paper in the journal PLoS ONE examining the relationship between water quality and recreational use at various sites in Puget Sound.

February 28, 2013

Characterizing coastal foodwebs

PSI’s  Tessa Francis is co-author of a new paper in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The paper, “Characterizing coastal foodwebs with qualitative links to bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of ecosystem-based management” uses qualitative modeling to compare management actions in Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay and Galveston Bay. The authors examine loop analysis […]

February 28, 2013

Upcoming paper in Decision Analysis

PSI’s Richard Anderson has co-authored a paper accepted for publication in the June issue of Decision Analysis. The paper, “Toward an Improved Methodology to Construct and Reconcile Decision Analytic Preference Judgments” describes a process designed to mitigate the occurrence of biases and judgment flaws in novel decision situations. Citation: Anderson, R., and R. Clemen.  2013.  Toward […]

December 14, 2012

EoPS features recent papers and reports

You can now keep track of the latest Salish Sea research with the help of the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Papers and reports of interest to the Puget Sound science community are pulled from Google Scholar and other sources, and are added to the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound based on geographic relevance and subject matter. […]

June 14, 2012

Frontloading the science in anticipation of environmental disasters

A recent paper by Center for Urban Waters Distinguished Scholar in Residence Usha Varanasi discusses the decline in America’s baseline ability to use science to plan for and assess highly likely environmental disasters, such as oil spills. This article first appeared in the May 2012 issue of the journal Fisheries, published by the American Fisheries […]