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UW Coastal Modeling Group















logo Modeling the Salish Sea

The goal of this project is to provide the first ever high-resolution, realistic hindcast simulations of the physical circulation in the entire Salish Sea region. The project is part of the UW campus-wide initiative Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model (PRISM) with additional funding support from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation.

The Salish Sea encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the coastal waters of Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver Island. We wish to understand the links between the sound and the sea, as well as provide useful information to the public on water properties and circulation features within Puget Sound. Ultimately, we will also model the functioning of the ecosystem within the Salish Sea, coupling the hydrodynamic model to a biological box model.

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Paper describing the 2006 model run and initial results on the Salish Sea subtidal exchange flow published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography. PDF.

Model validation results Model analysis and movies Ecosystem model

Snapshot of sea surface temperature over the full model domain around May 15, 2006.

This material is based upon work supported by the Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model (PRISM) project, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. 0849622, the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration (NOAA). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are solely those of the author(s).

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last updated July 25, 2017