Earlier this month, the Puget Sound Partnership released its third annual State of the Sound report, a comprehensive summary of the latest progress toward ecosystem recovery. While much remains to be done, the State of the Sound is an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day science and consider the whole picture in wide focus.
Social media now proliferates across almost every sector of the Web, from commercial enterprises like Facebook to crowd sourcing of science and medical data. New online communities are sprouting like weeds, but not all of these efforts succeed, and the Web is littered with failed attempts and false starts. How can you tell if your network will be the next big thing, or just another abandoned url in the dot com desert? PSI Visiting Scientist Marc Mangel says the answer may lie with population biology. Continue reading
This month, the University of Washington’s Burke Museum opens the exhibit Elwha: A River Reborn, based on the book by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes, with photography by Steve Ringman. The exhibit tells the story of the largest dam removal in U.S. history, and PSI’s Jeff Rice spoke with Mapes about her experience covering the story, her recent book, and the upcoming exhibit. Read the interview at the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound.
The 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference has issued a call for abstracts for presentations and posters. The deadline for submission is December 13th. The conference will be held April 30 – May 2, 2014 at the Seattle Convention Center.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tessa Francis has joined the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound editorial board. Tessa is the Lead Ecosystem Ecologist at PSI, and will serve as the Encyclopedia’s ecosystem-based management topic editor. She is an aquatic ecologist, and her research is related to aquatic food webs, and the impacts of environmental change on food-web dynamics. Read Tessa’s full bio on the Encyclopedia’s editorial board page.
The Puget Sound Partnership
released its 2013 State of the Sound report on November 1st, showing mixed progress for the agency’s 21 designated Puget Sound “Vital Signs.” Three showed slight improvement, although “many of the Vital Signs continue to struggle, and three show a worsening trend,” according to the Partnership. Continue reading
The Puget Sound Institute and Stanford University have released a final report describing the process of developing human wellbeing (HWB) indicators for the Hood Canal watershed. The report, written by PSI’s Kelly Biedenweg and Adi Hanein of the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, will serve as a guide for establishment of HWB indicators by the Puget Sound Partnership for the greater Puget Sound watershed. Continue reading
The Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership is calling for nominations for appointment to the Puget Sound Science Panel. The panel serves as an advisory group to the Puget Sound Partnership, and is made up of leading scientists from around the Salish Sea region. Scientists can nominate themselves or others, and scientists from the U.S. or Canada are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications is November 4th. Download the full solicitation.
PSI’s Kelly Biedenweg is a co-author of the new ebook Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators. The publication looks at foundations, strategies and trends in the field, from 18th century philosophy to present day standards-based education. The book is published by the North American Association for Environmental Education, and can be freely downloaded, shared and copied.
The Puget Sound Science Panel meets today in Mount Vernon, but will not meet tomorrow (October 2nd) as scheduled due to the federal government shutdown. This is to accommodate panel members with federal affiliations. A revised meeting agenda is not yet available online, but the original meeting materials are available at the Puget Sound Partnership website: http://www.psp.wa.gov/
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. During six sessions on the first day, renowned speakers from across the country will discuss innovative stormwater control and treatment strategies. On the second day, participants will join local designers and engineers in a guided tour of three Tacoma locations that are successfully managing clean water technology.
Learn more about the 2013 Wellspring Conference’s agenda, speakers, and relive the 2012 Wellspring event online at www.wellspringtacoma.com. Early bird registration is open until Tuesday, Oct. 1st.
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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. Nigel Heinsius at UW Creative Communications created a new interface that allows users to view GIS metadata without leaving the Encyclopedia website, and there are also many new map layers. Continue reading