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Danger Zone: Storm Tide Stations

3 minutes

(Describer) Under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

[upbeat music playing]

(Describer) Against the background of a building plan, various scenes show a construction process in open water, ending with a platform with walls on top of a tower. Title: Storm Tide Stations.

(male narrator) Our coastlines face numerous threats. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and sea-level rise are some dangers that keep coastal communities on edge. With over half the U.S. population living near the coast, it's critical to collect and share accurate information on the environment during extreme weather events. In four open-coast areas along the Gulf, NOAA has deployed structures crucial to this effort. These are known as sentinels.

(Describer) Three other towers each have a yellow post.

NOAA's sentinels are water-level observing platforms that deliver storm-tide data in real time. NOAA designed these to withstand wind and wave action from a category 4 hurricane. These elevated, sensor-packed stations are mounted on four-foot diameter steel pilings, which are driven 60-to-80 feet into the seafloor to ensure stability. As extreme weather hits, a sentinel measures water level, wind speed and direction, air and water temperature, and barometric pressure.

(Describer) In computer animation, a satellite orbits the earth.

The data gets transmitted every six minutes by a satellite to the Internet. This information is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(Describer) A sentinel stands by a breakwall.

Sentinels provide essential information to emergency responders and those forecasting marine weather, storm surge, and flood levels. Data from past storms can be used in engineering projects, like levee construction and evacuation route planning. By standing guard over our shorelines, sentinels help us protect people and property from the most wicked of weather.

(Describer) Logos are shown for the Smithsonian and NOAA. Accessibility provided by the US Department of Education.

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Coastlines face numerous threats. Hurricanes, tsunamis, and sea level rise are a few of the dangers that keep coastal communities on edge. With over half of the U.S. population living near the coast, it’s critical to collect and share accurate information on the environment during extreme weather events, and NOAA is leading these efforts. Part of the "Danger Zone" series.

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Runtime: 3 minutes

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