Caribbean News : First Sea Level Monitoring Station in St. Martin

 

The instruments, contained in a concrete housing, monitor fluctuating sea levels; the data produced from a radar antenna above water and a pressure sounder in the water. Data collected contributes to the Tsunami alert system and can predict tides and climate change.

 

Sea level monitor in operation
Marigot, St. Martin – The island’s first sea level monitoring station is gathering data in the commercial port of Galisbay.

The instruments, contained in a concrete housing, monitor fluctuating sea levels; the data produced from a radar antenna above water and a pressure sounder in the water. Data collected contributes to the Tsunami alert system and can predict tides and climate change.

The station operates autonomously, powered by solar panels on the roof and has a permanent Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure the station is stable from ground movement. Data is analyzed by scientific partners.

A station is due to be installed in St. Barth as part of the cooperation between St. Martin and St. Barth. Dutch St. Maarten has also shown interest in installing a similar station.

Gary Brown
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