Presentation Abstract

“Nitrogen in Puget Sound” is an ArcGIS Online Story Map developed by scientists at the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The Story Map is an interactive communication tool that uses a combination of maps, graphics, and text showcasing the state of the science and available data and resources used to understand nitrogen in Puget Sound. It was created to appeal to a broad audience, explaining nitrogen pollution and its effects at a basic level, as well as providing more detailed information for researchers and organizations interested in exploring available data and resources. The Story Map begins with an overview of eutrophication that explains how excess nitrogen influences algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen levels in Puget Sound. The interactive interface then allows the user to explore the various sources and pathways of nitrogen into Puget Sound using a series of maps and graphics, including a visual representation quantifying wastewater treatment plant and river nitrogen loads. It describes Ecology’s nitrogen monitoring programs within Puget Sound marine waters and its watersheds. The Story Map also highlights river and marine nitrogen trends and current research efforts studying changing nitrogen levels in and around Puget Sound. This Story Map will be periodically updated with new ongoing studies and scientific findings. It will act as an evolving communication tool explaining our understanding of nitrogen and eutrophication in Puget Sound. This presentation will tell the story of nitrogen in Puget Sound by walking the audience through the Story Map itself. It will also provide the audience with an introduction on how to utilize the Story Map to explore more data and information relating to nitrogen in Puget Sound.

Session Title

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding Eutrophication and Over-enrichment of Nutrients in Puget Sound and Effects on Marine Species

Keywords

Nitrogen, Puget Sound, Story map

Conference Track

SSE16: Long-Term Monitoring of Salish Sea Ecosystems

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE16-145

Start Date

6-4-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 8:45 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

Rights

This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. For more information about rights or obtaining copies of this resource, please contact University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103, USA (360-650-7534; heritage.resources@wwu.edu) and refer to the collection name and identifier. Any materials cited must be attributed to the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Records, University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

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text

Language

English

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Nitrogen in Puget Sound: a story map

“Nitrogen in Puget Sound” is an ArcGIS Online Story Map developed by scientists at the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The Story Map is an interactive communication tool that uses a combination of maps, graphics, and text showcasing the state of the science and available data and resources used to understand nitrogen in Puget Sound. It was created to appeal to a broad audience, explaining nitrogen pollution and its effects at a basic level, as well as providing more detailed information for researchers and organizations interested in exploring available data and resources. The Story Map begins with an overview of eutrophication that explains how excess nitrogen influences algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen levels in Puget Sound. The interactive interface then allows the user to explore the various sources and pathways of nitrogen into Puget Sound using a series of maps and graphics, including a visual representation quantifying wastewater treatment plant and river nitrogen loads. It describes Ecology’s nitrogen monitoring programs within Puget Sound marine waters and its watersheds. The Story Map also highlights river and marine nitrogen trends and current research efforts studying changing nitrogen levels in and around Puget Sound. This Story Map will be periodically updated with new ongoing studies and scientific findings. It will act as an evolving communication tool explaining our understanding of nitrogen and eutrophication in Puget Sound. This presentation will tell the story of nitrogen in Puget Sound by walking the audience through the Story Map itself. It will also provide the audience with an introduction on how to utilize the Story Map to explore more data and information relating to nitrogen in Puget Sound.