Friday, September 13, 2013

"Eyes Over Puget Sound" - September 11, 2013

By Sandy Howard, Environmental Assessment Program

A furry visitor takes a rest on the float plane. High river flows lead to striking fronts of turquoise-colored water carrying glacial flour in many northeastern regions. Satellite and aerial images show widespread phytoplankton blooms in Whidbey Basin, Hood Canal, South Puget Sound and West Bay of Orcas Island. We see lots of large debris patches in Hood Canal, Central Sound and South Sound Inlets.

After two years of colder temperatures and higher oxygen, Puget Sound waters are returning to expected or lower levels of dissolved oxygen.

All this and more in the September 11th edition of Eyes Over Puget Sound.

"Eyes Over Puget Sound" combines high-resolution photo observations with satellite images, en route ferry data between Seattle and Victoria BC, and measurements from our moored instruments.

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