Beaufort SC obtains a tide gauge at Chambers Waterfront Park
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.
âThe 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.
âThe 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.
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.