Editor: Aquila Flower
The Salish Sea Atlas is an open access digital book containing maps, illustrations, interpretive text, and downloadable geospatial datasets addressing cultural and environmental themes across the Salish Sea Bioregion.
The Salish Sea is an international estuarine ecosystem encompassing an intricate network of inland marine waterways in Washington and British Columbia. The Salish Sea Bioregion includes both the marine waters and their upland watersheds. This bioregion is home to over nine million people living in and around the Cascadia megalopolis centered on Vancouver and Seattle.
Although divided by an international border, the Salish Sea Bioregion can in many ways be considered a cohesive geographic region based on its natural and cultural characteristics and history. The concept of the Salish Sea as a region has become a critical focal point for local bioregional education, research, restoration, conservation, and policy development. The scarcity of accurate, cohesive, and easily available spatial data and thematic maps covering the entire bioregion is a critical impediment to these efforts. The Salish Sea Atlas aims to address this need.
Licensing: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
This chapter of the Salish Sea Atlas introduces the location of the Salish Sea Bioregion. Interactive maps allow readers to explore and discover important natural and political features, including cities, marine water bodies, and watersheds.
This chapter of the Salish Sea Atlas explores the demographic characteristics of people living in the Salish Sea Bioregion. Interactive maps and charts allow readers to visualize population density, population trends, age, sex, income, education, and race and ethnicity characteristics.
This chapter of the Salish Sea Atlas explores the watersheds, streams, and lakes of the Salish Sea Bioregion. Interactive maps and detailed visualizations show how freshwater inputs into the Salish Sea vary geographically and seasonally.