Coastal communities are interested in knowing the impacts of a changing climate on their towns. Is the road flooded right now? Is it safe to go to the beach today? These are questions SECOORA can help answer.
Through partnerships with SECOORA, communities are installing coastal ocean observing technology where they need data.
SECOORA is supporting the installation and long-term operation of ~200 new water level stations in the Southeast. This new regional water level network will enable localized flooding alerts, improve community resilience, and monitor flooding hazards.
SECOORA, through funding from the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System, is partnering with Coastal Carolina University, Georgia Tech, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association/Hohonu, Florida International University, and Florida Atlantic University to establish the Southeast Water Level Network.
Communities can partner with the Southeast Water Level Network to install a water level sensor in their chosen location and receive the data personalized for their needs. The Southeast Water Level Network will work with each community to determine the water level height that creates problems, sometimes called the flooding threshold. A customized notification can be created for those that want alerts when the flooding threshold is exceeded, i.e. when the roads start to flood. This information can help local citizens, emergency managers, and the overall safety and resilience of the community.
Interested in installing a water level sensor? For additional details about installing a sensor in your local community, view our flyer here.
Web cameras or webcams are a low-cost coastal observing platform transforming how community environmental monitoring is conducted. Webcams can address significant gaps in the nation’s ability to monitor and accurately forecast various weather, ocean, ecological, and public health hazards.
Webcams for Coastal Observations and Operational Support (WebCOOS) is a community supported low-cost webcam coastal observing network, which provides valuable imagery and tools for scientists, communities, and local coastal managers to make decisions.
There is strength in numbers! With more webcams, higher quality information can be provided to users. Communities can partner with SECOORA to either provide existing webcam streams or install a webcam in their chosen location and receive the imagery and data personalized for their needs.
A team will work with each community to help access the data available already or to determine the appropriate webcams, locations and installation. Customized products can be created for those that want alerts of interest to the community.
Interested in installing a webcam? For additional details about installing a webcam in your local community, view our flyer here.