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Conrad Blucher Institute Constructs Data Collection Station on USS Lexington for Coastal Monitoring and Hurricane Preparedness

December 20, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) continued the installation of a new data collection station on the dock of the USS Lexington on December 20, which will help ensure coastal monitoring and assist in hurricane preparedness.

The new $100,000 data collection system, which is one of the 31 Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON) systems installed along the Texas Coast, is being funded by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas General Land Office.

“The data from this monitoring station will assist researchers from the CBI, the National Ocean Service, the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and others by providing accurate, federally-approved data used in water level and storm surge forecasting,” said James Rizzo, CBI Assistant Director of Operations.   

The new monitoring station is being installed approximately 25 feet above sea level to protect equipment from high water events such as storm surges, which have historically damaged or destroyed numerous previously installed data collection systems. The instrumentation will operate and transmit data continuously, even through storms and hurricanes. Other data such as wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature, and water temperature are also collected and transmitted from many of the TCOON stations.

Since 1989, the CBI and the TCOON have collected and provided real-time water level and meteorological information essential to managing coastal resources while providing essential information used in forecasting high water events such as storm surge along the Texas Coast. 

All TCOON data collection stations meet scientific guidelines established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).

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