Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Ecosystem Processes

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There are many interactions amongst ecosystem members.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is dedicated to improving the understanding of how its ecosystems function. In order to do this, we plan to help with the development of computer models simulating the physical and ecological processes occurring in the Sanctuary. With limited staff resources, much of this work will be done in collaboration with research partners. First steps towards this goal include:

  • determine the most important species to monitor to provide inputs to such models
  • focus field efforts on monitoring those "indicator" species and provide the data as inputs to ecosystem models
  • analyze the resulting data for trends, variations, and indications of ecosystem health
  • summarize information on indicator species harvests and size/age distributions
Current related research in the Sanctuary includes:

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Black Footed Albatross feeding.
For information on recent physical and biological conditions along the entire west coast of the U.S, the Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System (PaCOOS)image indicates link leaves this site provides a quarterly summary of conditionsimage indicates link leaves this site



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