Workshop Report Defines Research Needs for the Olympic
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Major features of the area bordered by the Olympic Coast,
the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound include a deep-seated,
glacially-derived estuary impacted by the rapidly growing urban
populations of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett, as well as a relatively
undisturbed outer coastal environment. Within the region's confines
lies a vast diversity of habitats that hold many biotic and abiotic
resources, which serve as sites for tourism and recreation and are
of great cultural value.
The NURP Center for the West Coast and Polar Regions
recently sponsored a workshop to identify research questions with
management relevance for the Olympic Coast-Puget Sound Area that
require the aid of undersea vehicles and other tools to answer them.
A substantial amount of past and current research related to the
Olympic Coast-Puget Sound marine environment, conducted by universities,
government agencies, and independent investigators, provided the
foundation for the research needs identified at the workshop.
The Workshop Report released this week summarizes the
proceedings of the Olympic Coast-Puget Sound Undersea Research Workshop
held on November 29 - December 2, 2004 at the University of Washington's
Friday Harbor Laboratories. Workshop participants reviewed research
questions solicited from the research community at large targeting
the deep underwater areas of the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin/Strait
of Juan de Fuca system. The three questions identified as the most
scientifically relevant and compelling were:
1) How do physical and biological fluxes affect regional
2) How do habitat associations and life history characteristics
vary within and between coastal and estuarine environments, and
what are the physical correlates of these variations?
3) How do natural and human-induced disturbances affect the structure
and process of the estuary and coastal ocean?
The full report can be viewed at http://www.westnurc.uaf.edu/workshop
Name: Jennifer Reynolds
Tel: (907) 474-5871