Creating an Atlas of the Salish Sea Bioregion

A map of the Salish Sea with ocean waters, land mass and blue sky in the background

Thursday, March 10, 2022
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the Creating an Atlas of the Salish Sea Bioregion.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by the College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

The Salish Sea Bioregion encompasses an intricate network of inland marine waterways and their upland watersheds in Washington and British Columbia. The concept of a cohesive Salish Sea region has become a critical focal point for local bioregional education, research, restoration, conservation, and policy development. However, the scarcity of accurate, cohesive, and easily available spatial data and thematic maps covering the entire bioregion is a critical impediment to these efforts. Working with transboundary geospatial data involves many challenges as datasets from different countries must often be spatially, temporally, and conceptually harmonized before they can be combined or directly compared. The Salish Sea Atlas addresses this need in the form of a digital book with thematic chapters containing interactive maps, illustrations, interpretive text, and a suite of downloadable open access harmonized geospatial datasets.

More information about the speaker series is available here, and past Environmental Speaker Series recordings are available here.

We are excited that we will be live-streaming from a WWU classroom for the webinar for our off-campus audience. Due to the pandemic, only WWU students will be in-person for the presentation but we look forward to welcoming you all to class virtually.

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Aquila Flower

Aquila Flower


Aquila Flower is an associate professor of geography at Western Washington University. Dr. Flower is a geographer and ecologist specializing in forest, alpine, and coastal ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. She uses methods drawn from GIS, statistics, ecology, and dendrochronology to explore long-term patterns of environmental change. Aquila has lived and worked in both Canada and the United States and considers herself a proud resident of Cascadia and the Salish Sea Bioregion. She teaches geography, GIS, climatology, and biogeography in WWU’s College of the Environment.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Environmental Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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