A team of ocean and atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have produced a dashboard of metrics to inform resource managers, scientists, health officials, and others on how key climate and ocean factors may influence the present state of Puget Sound and to put current conditions in context of past observations. This project was funded by the Puget Sound Partnership and has been conducted with input from the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) and its Marine Waters Work Group, as well as a Technical Advisory Committee composed of leaders from modeling, oceanographic, fisheries, and tribal resource communities.
The metrics presented here primarily rely on near real-time data from oceanographic buoys, weather stations, and river gauges allowing for automated weekly updates. See the Credits tab for more information.
Other resources that are useful to understanding Puget Sound conditions and dynamics are the LiveOcean model; Washington Department of Ecology monitoring, the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), and the Puget Sound Institute's Encyclopedia of Puget Sound.
These and many other PSEMP partners contribute annually to the production of the Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview, and its previous years' editions.