Coastal communities need accurate, reliable, and accessible information on tides, particularly as they confront rising sea levels and need to adapt to flooding events. But federal gauges are spread out on the U.S. coastline, which leaves extensive areas in between without precise predictions and real-world tracking of tides. That vital information gap can be closed using low-cost sensors, as discussed in this episode with Brian Glazer and Nicole Elko, Co-Founders of Hohonu. They explain that work to restore ancient Hawaiian fishponds revealed the need for ultra-precise tidal data and how it led to a network of sensors being established across the Southeast coastline. Brian and Nicole also talk about the accuracy provided during recent King Tides, the variety of people that can benefit from improved tidal predictions, and the broader push to democratize access to ocean data.
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