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Development of Puget Sound Benthic Indicators

Publication number Date Published
13-03-035August 2013
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Author(s) Southern California Coastal Water Research
Description Data from five Puget Sound sediment surveys conducted from 1989 to 2008 by Ecology, NOAA, and EPA were used to:

1. Assess the number and distribution of benthic invertebrate assemblages in Puget Sound.
2. Calibrate five benthic indices that were originally developed and applied elsewhere for use in Puget Sound.
3. Create a validation data set to evaluate performance of the calibrated indices, based on best professional judgment of expert benthic ecologists.
4. Evaluate the performance of the calibrated benthic indices.

The indicators developed in this study will be used to refine the Puget Sound Sediment Benthic Index and the Sediment Quality Triad Index, routinely used to interpret benthic assemblage data collected for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program.
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Keywords benthic indicators, Puget Sound, marine sediment
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