TO: News Editors, Directors
WHAT: NOAA Sentinel storm tide station dedication. Media welcome to attend for photo/interview opportunities
WHERE: Bay Waveland Yacht Club, 697 N. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, Miss.
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, 10 a.m.
• U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran
• Michael Szabados, director, NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
• David Mooneyhan, director, Gulf Coast Geospatial Center, University of Southern MIssissippi
• La Donn Swann, director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
SPECIFICS: NOAA will dedicate the first of four new hurricane-hardened NOAA Sentinel water level observing stations being installed in Mississippi and Louisiana. NOAA Sentinels measure and deliver real-time water level and meteorological data to help coastal residents and authorities prepare for, mitigate, and respond to storm tides generated by severe coastal storms.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages coastal and marine resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov.
Scientists with the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center at The University of Southern Mississippi are partners with NOAA on a Height Modernization project. Elevation level data gathered from across the state is critical in construction projects and in determining flood plains, among other items. One of the Geospatial Center’s global positioning system units will be located on this new storm tide observation station.
The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Geospatial Center provides expertise in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System research, applications and education to federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector. GCGC Is located at 1203 Broad Avenue in Gulfport
CONTACT: David Mooneyhan, 228.276.1726