Beaufort SC obtains a tide gauge at Chambers Waterfront Park


The City of Beaufort will be able to monitor tide levels using a dashboard developed by Hohonu, a startup specializing in environmental monitoring of water levels.

The City of Beaufort will be able to monitor tide levels using a dashboard developed by Hohonu, a startup specializing in environmental monitoring of water levels.

City of Beaufort

The tides are turning in Beaufort – and now the city will be able to keep up with them.

This is because a tide gauge was installed at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park last week, giving the City of Beaufort access to real-time water level data, tide forecasts and tide alerts. flood.

The new gauge, which is sponsored by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, will help fill the gaps between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s network of tidal stations.

The closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tidal stations to Beaufort County are in Charleston and Fort Pulaski, Georgia.

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The City of Beaufort will be able to monitor tide levels using a dashboard developed by Hohonu, a startup specializing in environmental monitoring of water levels. City of Beaufort

“The community’s demand for local water level data has exceeded expectations. Nicole Elko, scientific director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, said in a statement.

“The managers have chosen to install sensors on their marsh shores, where chronic and episodic flooding is the most serious. “

The gauge, which is powered by a solar panel, normally costs $ 3,500. But the city only paid $ 500 for the gauge with help from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

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A solar panel-powered tide gauge, shown here, was installed in November 2021 at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. City of Beaufort

The city will monitor tide levels through Hohonu, a Hawaii-based start-up specializing in environmental water monitoring. The startup also manages instrument panels for tide gauges at Edisto Beach and the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center. It’s free to create an account on hohonu.io to track tide levels across South Carolina.

This story was originally published November 21, 2021 14:56.

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Rachel Jones covers education for the Island Packet and the Beaufort Gazette. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked for the Daily Tar Heel and Charlotte Observer. She has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association, Associated College Press, and North Carolina College Media Association for editorial writing and educational reporting.


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