CAROLINA BEACH—Carolina Beach is looking for people to help measure the tides all year long. All you need is a few hours per week and a cell phone or camera.
The town is partnering with the UNC Institute for Marine Science to gather tidal data in Myrtle Grove. The project is part of the King Tides Project, an international initiative to document extreme high tides.
The purpose of the project is to visualize how tides will appear with eventual sea-level rise, according to the King Tides Project. The data collected as part of the Carolina Beach initiative is important because flooding in North Carolina, according to the website, is “flooding is a normal part of life.”
Town officials ask participants to commit for a full calendar year. Those participants would be asked to check a tidal gauge installed in one of three locations in town on a specified day, every week, between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For participating, Carolina Beach is offering participating residents, businesses or non-profits advertising on its website.
The three tidal gauges have been installed in public areas:
- The Carolina Beach Marina at the end of the dock located in the southeast corner of the marina
- Sandpiper Lane
- Carolina Beach State Park
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