Date: August 3, 3023

CITRA’s PI, Dr. Felix Santiago-Collazo, and the summer intern from IRIS, Erin Gavin, went to Tybee Island in Georgia and deployed new monitoring equipment. They installed three new groundwater well loggers, a complete meteorological station, and a soil moisture sensor. Now the team can thoroughly investigate the relationship between groundwater, tides, and rainfall on the island to design green infrastructure in coastal communities better. CITRA now operates and maintains six groundwater loggers: five measuring water depth only, while one measures water level, pressure, conductivity, and temperature. The meteorological station measures 12 weather variables, including air temperature, relative humidity, vapor pressure, barometric pressure, wind speed, gust and direction, solar radiation, precipitation, lightning strike counter, and distance. The soil moisture measures water content at one foot below ground. Both the meteorological station and soil moisture sensor transmits their data live each hour. Soon we will publish a section on our webpage where you can download and observe this data daily. Below you will find the last couple of days of reading. This complete meteorological station is a one-of-a-kind instrument on the island. It will also be used for academic outreach activities with Tybee Island Maritime Academy in the near future.

Thanks to the City of Tybee Islands for their continuous support and funding through this partnership with UGA. Special thanks to Alan Robertson and Pete Gulbronson for their help on the field.