The NCKT website has recently added a new page detailing our newest project: Citizen Science Water-Level Monitoring! This effort will enlist the help of trained citizen scientists to collect water level data all across the North Carolina coastal region. Water level gauges will be built and installed by the NCKT team and volunteer citizen scientists will be responsible for reading the gauges and reporting measurements on the “What’s Your Water Level?” App. The project is being funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments and began late Summer 2017.

It’s important for us to have a better understanding of how different forces (wind, tide and weather) influence water level in North Carolina because nuisance flooding, caused by high water-level events, is becoming an increasingly common issue in waterfront areas. The photos and water level data that our citizen scientists collect can be used to better inform community planning and identify future vulnerabilities to high water levels. If you would like to learn more about the project or how you can participate, please visit our new Citizen Science Water-Level Monitoring Webpage for additional information!

Yearly inundation events as recorded by NOAA’s water level station in Beaufort, NC.

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