Assembling Datasets to Create the Full Picture – Puget Sound Integrated Modeling Framework
The Pacific Northwest has terrestrial, estuarine, and marine ecosystem models that can make limited predictions about our future. However, each model is focused on an individual aspect of the larger picture – for example, using data from fisheries, hydrology, biogeochemistry, or food webs. Integration is needed to tell the bigger story and make more informed and useful predictions about our ecosystem as a whole.
The foundation is funding the new Puget Sound Integrated Modeling Framework, led by UW Tacoma’s Puget Sound Institute. The project brings together UW’s Salish Sea Modeling Center, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Long Live the Kings, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – and their various models and datasets.
This $2.5 million, three-year grant will result in a linked set of models covering the entire Puget Sound basin and its watersheds. This powerful, linked model will be used as a tool to support regional planning and restoration decision-making, allowing smarter resource management to benefit PNW residents from kelp and fish to orcas and humans.