Get your boots in the water on Sea Level Solutions Day 2021

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Calling all citizen scientists!

The Sea Level Solutions Center in the Institute of Environment and the Department of Journalism and Media in CARTA are holding the sixth annual Sea Level Solutions Day on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park — 6447 NE 7th Ave, Miami, Fla. 33138.

This event encourages citizen scientists to get their boots in the water and collect valuable data to inform strategies for addressing sea-level rise and urban flooding.

“We are trying to improve the information we have about tidal flooding so we can help drive the decision-making and policy-making to help provide solutions for Miami,” said Tiffany Troxler, director of Sea Level Solutions.

Participants are equipped with a citizen science kit that includes a tape measure for water depth measurement, a refractometer for salinity readings, E. coli detector tests and water sample bottles. The bottles are then sent back to the lab to check for phosphorus, nitrogen and organic carbon.

All the data, including photos, water depths, salinity and time of sampling, get entered into a web-based app that citizen scientists can access through their phones while collecting samples in the field. The data is later consolidated on a live database for use by the scientific community.

The deadline to register for this event is Oct. 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To register and learn more, visit click here.

To learn about how sea level rise affects your area also check out the Eyes on the Rise App.

​​In part because of the research conducted by the Institute of Environment, FIU was ranked the No. 3 public university in the U.S. Freshwater, coastal and ocean initiatives are led by the FIU Institute of Environment.