Saturday, February 4, 2017
NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Researchers from East Carolina University are seeking volunteers to take part in a citizen science project on Bogue Banks. Citizen science, which is the public participation of non-scientists in scientific research, is a tool that is useful for connecting the public to the scientific community with the goal of expanding scientific knowledge and literacy. The researchers are recruiting 40 citizen scientists to document areas prone to stormwater flooding, and to record groundwater and surface water levels on the island over a three-month period (starting in February 2017). The data collected by the citizen scientists will be incorporated into models that will be used to understand and forecast the extent of storm water flooding on the island.
The citizen scientists who volunteer to participate in the project will be asked to measure groundwater and surface water levels, using tools provided to them by the researchers. Additionally, they will be asked to document water levels in flooded areas by taking photos using smart phones and other mobile devices.
An information session will be held at the North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores on February 4, 2017 at 10AM. A training session and workshop for volunteers will then follow at 11AM.
Please click on the following link to register for the event: https://reservations.ncaquariums.com/pineknollshores/Info.aspx?EventID=1015
If you would like more information about the project, please contact Dr. Alex Manda, an associate professor of water resources in the Department of Geological Sciences and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at East Carolina University at:
Email - MANDAA@ECU.EDU
Office Phone - 252-328-9403