S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

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“Project Sentinel” Stations to Capture Landfalling Hurricane Data

Jun 20, 2022

The University of Florida and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are partnering with the Consortium and member institution Coastal Carolina University to expand a network of sites in the Southeast where temporary 30-foot instrument towers will be deployed along the shoreline in the event of a landfalling hurricane. The towers, called “Project Sentinel,” are 30-feet tall and capture video feeds and data, such as wind speed, water depth, wave height and direction, storm surge, erosion, and hazardous water-quality conditions.

Workers surround a tall tower with electrical equipment on a beach.

The state-of-the-art monitoring towers will transmit data in real-time to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center meteorologists and regional NOAA weather forecast offices, as well as local and state emergency operations centers.

The project team plans to place towers in NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, and TX. To learn more about this project, contact Katie Finegan, Coastal Processes program specialist, at (843) 349-5017.