Using specialized oceanographic moorings we design and build, we record long-term, real-time measurements to track the health and changes of coastal and inshore waters of the Pacific Northwest.

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NWEM Buoy Data used for Puget Sound Environmental Metrics


To help track water mass changes and ecological shifts in Puget Sound, NWEM team members along with Washington's State Climatologist have developed a set of five metrics using regional real-time environmental measurements, including NWEM buoy observations. A number of these metrics go beyond simply reporting observations and placing them in a historical context by also giving insight as to what is causing the observed change. This project was funded by the Puget Sound Partnership. Read more and see the weekly-updated metrics here:

Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview


The following annual reports on marine water conditions in Puget Sound are available. These reports contain a comprehensive look at Puget Sound marine conditions, including physical, chemical, and biological information ranging from large-scale climate variations to local biota monitoring.

2022 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2021 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2020 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2019 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2018 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2017 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2016 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)
2015 Puget Sound Marine Waters Overview (pdf)

Seaweed Cultivation in the News

A Puget Sound seaweed cultivation project aimed at investigating the ability of kelp to help mitigate ocean acidificaiton was recently featured on 60 Minutes. This project is a collaboration between researchers at the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, University of Washington, NOAA, and Department of Natural Resources, and has just entered it's second field season.

What is Oceanography?

Field Engineer Zoë Parsons found this awesome video from the UW Media Center's archived 16 mm film...

Successful deployment of Offshore ESP & Sub-Surface equipment.

Univerity of Washington News

Scientists with the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration deployed a new tool this week that will constantly be on the lookout for harmful algal blooms and their toxins off the coast of La Push, Washington.