Correlation and Climate Sensitivity of Human Health and Environmental Indicators in the Salish Sea

Type: 
Literature
Publication: 
Swinomish Indian Tribe. 2014. Correlation and Climate Sensitivity of Human Health and Environmental Indicators in the Salish Sea. USGS.
Year Published: 
2014
Organization: 
USGS
Description: 

Puget Sound Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada scientists and land managers have identified a number of environmental indicators applicable throughout the Salish Sea to evaluate the status, or health, of the trans-boundary water body. Evaluating the current status of a set of environmental indicators is a first step toward ranking and prioritizing management and restoration actions in order to improve the health of the Salish Sea as an ecosystem. For this project, Swinomish and Tsleil-Waututh each selected a pair of environmental indicators, inventoried available data relating to those indicators, and created projections of the status of those indicators in relation to climate change. Criteria for indicator use included: 1) applicable to lands within reservation/reserve boundaries (site-specific rather than landscape scale (e.g. orcas or birds); 2) sufficient existing data supporting the indicator; and 3) indicators were culturally appropriate for the Swinomish and Tsleil-Waututh communities.

Category: 
climate change, fisheries, shelfish, aquaculture, management, conservation, collaboration, international