New online encyclopedia houses vast collection of Puget Sound science and research

Bull kelp
Bull kelp in nearshore along Washington’s coast, part of a 20-year survey. Photo: Tom Mumford/DNR.

With all the scientific research devoted to Puget Sound, wouldn’t it be nice to find that important work in one place on the web?

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound (EoPS) website, where you can find the collective knowledge about Puget Sound by leading experts from state and federal agencies (including DNR), academic institutions, and Puget Sound area tribes.

The online encyclopedia, recently developed by the University of Washington’s Puget Sound Institute, contains hundreds of articles, maps, and other media related to Puget Sound ecosystem science. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, the physical environment, social and economic sciences, ecosystem-based management, and threats to the health of Puget Sound.

Staff from DNR’s Nearshore Habitat Program contributed both data and analysis to the EoPS. Examples of DNR work include:

“The Puget Sound online encyclopedia is an exciting project,” said Helen Berry, program manager for DNR’s Nearshore Habitat Program. “Scientists, managers and the people who live in Puget Sound need a centralized source of information about Puget Sound’s condition. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the Puget Sound Institute as they develop the site further.”

The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is modeled after other online efforts such as the Encyclopedia of Life and the Encyclopedia of Earth and is founded as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Partnership.

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