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February 2004

The Puget Sound Action Team (Action Team) and the Georgia Basin Action Plan (GBAP) partners are pleased to provide you with the proceedings from the 2003 Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Research Conference. We generated the proceedings from the papers, posters and keynote speeches delivered at the conference.

The 2003 Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Research Conference took place March 31-April 3, 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was the sixth in a series of research conferences hosted by the Action Team. The conference was an opportunity for scientists and decision-makers from a wide range of disciplines and from both sides of the border to further explore ecosystem-based management approaches. The conference also provided a venue to share knowledge and information on important issues such as the effects and harm from climate change; watershed hydrology; threats to marine resources; environmental contaminants, oceanography; air quality across the regional borders; indicator development; and collaborative approaches to management.

The conference program included more than 50 technical sessions, seven panel discussions, five workshops, 60 poster presentations and four keynote speakers. Attendees included an international and multidisciplinary group of more than 800 university and government scientists, Coast Salish First Nations and other tribal representatives, regional politicians, students and community leaders. Conference themes included:

  • Sharing science and solutions on ecosystem health issues facing the Georgia Basin/Puget Sound region.
  • Applying science in support of decision-making, capacity-building, and effective dialogue across disciplines and community interests.

About the files:
The proceedings papers and/or abstracts and transcripts of keynote addresses, session summaries and an overall conference summary are in Portable Document Format (PDF). To download these files, you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader (version 4.0 or newer recommended).

How to find a paper:
You may access proceedings' papers in two ways:

  • Session topics. (Select the link on the left menu of this web page to "Oral Presentations" or "Poster Presentations.")
  • Author names. (Select the link on the left menu of this web page to "Author Biographies.")

For further help in locating a paper by topic or by key words, go to the "Author Biographies" pages and use your Internet browser's "Find" feature to enter a word or phrase.

The editorial/publication process:
A peer review process is not a part of the material collected in these proceedings. The graphics and references in these papers appear much as they were submitted originally by the authors. The editors did minimal editing, concentrating mostly on spelling, grammar and formatting for consistency. If you have difficulty viewing some of the graphics, please contact the author for a higher quality graphic.

Some authors provided only abstracts of their papers; many provided information on where their papers are published in other journals. Some authors also provided links to their PowerPoint presentations. To view these files, you will need Microsoft PowerPoint software.

Author contact information was current at the time presenters provided their information. The editors cannot guarantee that this information is still current.

Many manuscripts list Web sites as resources. These Web links were current at the time the authors submitted papers. Please contact the author if you have difficulty linking to a web resource.

We encourage you to contact the authors/presenters for further information and updates on any of the material presented in the proceedings.

Papers from the Climate Change sessions:
The conference included several tracks devoted to the subject of climate change. The Canadian Water Resources Association have peer-reviewed select papers from these sessions and will publish them separately in a special issue on the 2003 Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Research Conference. To view and download these papers, follow the link in the lefthand menu to the "Climate Change Presentations."

Funding for the proceedings:
Funding for the proceedings comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under grant agreements to the Action Team, GBAP partners and co-sponsorship support from a variety of organizations. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of EPA, Puget Sound Action Team, GBAP partners or any conference co-sponsors. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Further information:
If you are interested in further information on the shared Georgia Basin-Puget Sound ecosystem we encourage you to visit the
Puget Sound Action Team's Web site
and the
Georgia Basin Action Plan Web site.

Conference attendees and presenters received a CD-ROM version of the proceedings. If you did not attend the conference, but would like to receive the proceedings on CD-ROM, please send $15 (US funds) to: Proceedings CD-ROM, Puget Sound Action Team, P.O. Box 40900, Olympia, WA. 98504-0900.

To obtain this publication in an alternative format, contact the
Action Team's ADA Coordinator
at (360) 725-5444 or (800) 54-SOUND. The Action Team's TDD number is (800) 833-6388.

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