Hampton Flood Gauge 03 (Ghost Crab)

Old Wythe Neighborhood next to Powhatan Parkway Bridge

This is one of six (6) citizen-science monitoring gauges that were installed by High School Student, Olivia Basco, from Hampton Roads Academy, through the award of a 2018 Hal Tayloe Scholarship. This Ghost Crab gauge is installed near the in the Olde Wythe Neighborhood over Indian River Creek and is vertically referenced to the local Ground Surface Elevation. This land elevation can be translated to elevations relative to a geodetic datum, such as the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 via NOAA's interactive Vdatum conversion tool, and the City's survey control monuments as proximal benchmarks (Ground Elevation = 0 ft. = 2.19 ft above NAVD88). The nearest water level sensor to this site is a StormSense sensor at Newport News, over Salters Creek ~0.8 mi. away. VIMS' 36-hr. Tidewatch tidal forecast at this site is shown below as the red dashed line: 

Install Site

Strategically placed to attract the most participation based on locations surveyed durting Catch the King 2017, each site has a QR code along with simple instructions, a link to learn more, and a crab graphic Olivia designed based on the city's crab mascot. Citizen-scientists hold their smartphone cameras up to the QR code in order to be directed to an online form (example here). 

The online form asks a series of questions: water height (which the user reads off of the gauge itself), the reason for the water depth (tide conditions, recent storm, etc.), a current photo of the gauge, the location (coordinates located on the gauge; some mobile devices will autofill this information via location services), the time (automatically sets current time), and any additional comments. The data are available for viewing on the interactive form below, used by UNC through the King Tides Monitoring Initiative: