UW Puget Sound Institute eNewsletter - September 2013 issue
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Pacific herring photo by Mary Whalen, USGS.
Back to school: Forage fish are an important research topic at the Puget Sound Institute.  Read more about the recent forage fish study panel. Pacific herring photo by Mary Whalen, USGS.
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PSI convenes forage fish study panel at Friday Harbor
As go forage fish, so may go the health of Puget Sound. That’s the conclusion of scientists who say small schooling fish like Pacific herring, surf smelt and Pacific sand lance play a big role in the marine food web.
A “medicine wheel” graphic that will be used to showcase HWB indicators. Image copyright Biedenweg et al.
Biedenweg leads hood canal human well being indicators workshop
Last month, PSI’s lead social scientist Kelly Biedenweg and the Hood Canal Human Wellbeing indicator development team conducted three regional workshops to refine and rate indicators linking human well being to the health of Hood Canal’s natural resources.

Sea level rise could release toxics into Puget Sound
The environmental effects of sea level rise due to climate change are just starting to become clear. So far, much of the conversation has focused on population displacement and changes to natural features and processes. Now there is another front: toxic pollution.


Richard Anderson, Ph.D.Decision science for Puget Sound recovery
PSI's Richard Anderson discusses recent uses of decision science with LIOs in the Puget Sound region.

PSI roundup

An idea whose time has come (25 years later)
We recently came across this editorial from Seattle Times writer John Hamer. The text still seems fresh, like it could have been written just a few years ago.

New geospatial and monitoring features on the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
PSI’s Encyclopedia of Puget Sound has a number of new features on its Maps/GIS page. We have improved access to the maps and data from our collaboration with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, as well as a new synthesis of monitoring data from NANOOS.

Upcoming events

Frontiers in Freshwater Science Seminar Series begins October 1st.
Frontiers in Freshwater Science flyerThe UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and UW Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters kick off the Frontiers in Freshwater Science Seminar Series on October 1st at the Seattle campus from 8:30-9:20 a.m. This series is free and open to the public.

Presented by Water Partners of Tacoma
Wellspring Conference at UW Tacoma looks at clean water technology October 24-25
The 2013 Wellspring Conference  will be held October 24-25 on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma. This two-day conference will open an informed dialogue about the various issues facing clean water technology, will explore the impact of current regulations on business, and will develop solutions to propel further growth in this industry.

Around the Sound

Search remains open for WWU's Director of Shannon Point Marine Center position
Western Washington University invites applications and nominations for Director of Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC).

Salish Sea Shoreline Forum convenes September 30
Theme: How to Incentivize Alternative Green Shoreline Techniques

Puget Sound floodplains workshop scheduled for October 2, 2013
The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with local governments, and state and federal agencies is planning a “Floodplains by Design” workshop for Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Edmonds Conference Center from 9:00 to 3:00.

The SeaDoc Society is calling for nominations for its Salish Sea Science Prize
The nomination deadline is February 1, 2014. The award will be given in conjunction with the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, to be held April 30 - May 2, 2014.


WDFW ROV clips playlist on the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound YouTube channel
Check out newly published video clips of Plumose Sea Anemones, Pacific halibut, and Pacific cod recorded by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Researchers with the Seaeye Falcon. Photo courtesy WDFW.
Read more about ROVs at the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound...

Feature article:
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) in Puget Sound

Puget Sound Voices

Donald MalinsToxics research that changed Puget Sound history. An interview with Don Malins
In the 1970s and '80s, research from a division of NOAA's Montlake Lab suddenly and irreversably changed the way scientists and the public viewed the health of Puget Sound.

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