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Land-use planning for nearshore ecosystem services—the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model

November 11, 2011

The 2,500 miles of shoreline and nearshore areas of Puget Sound, Washington, provide multiple benefits to people—"ecosystem services"—including important fishing, shellfishing, and recreation industries. To help resource managers plan for expected growth in coming decades, the U.S. Geological Survey Western Geographic Science Center has developed the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model (PSEPM). Scenarios of urban growth and shoreline modifications serve as model inputs to develop alternative futures of important nearshore features such as water quality and beach habitats. Model results will support regional long-term planning decisions for the Puget Sound region.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title Land-use planning for nearshore ecosystem services—the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model
DOI 10.3133/fs20113067
Authors Kristin Byrd
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2011-3067
Index ID fs20113067
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Western Geographic Science Center