Estuary Beat features UMaine storm surge research
The Island Institute’s Working Waterfront Estuary Beat featured the citizen science initiative of of Kim Huguenard, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Laura Rickard, assistant professor of risk communication. The project is focused in understanding the physical characteristics of estuaries which may intensify or attenuate the effects of storm surge events. According to the report, the researchers hope to establish a network of pressure sensors that will measure water levels and be maintained by local citizen scientists in the Bass Harbor, Penobscot River and Bagaduce River estuaries. “We’re currently recruiting individual who are both interested in participating and (ideally) who have access to waterfront infrastructure, such as a dock, on the penobscot,” said Rickers. The project is funded by UMaine SEANET. More information on how to volunteer is available online.