Dauphin Island Shoreline Monitoring Citizen Science Program
Location: Dauphin Island, AL
Coordinating Agency: University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences and Owens Coastal Consultants
Contact Name: Dinah Maygarden
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: (504) 669-1893
The University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences and Owens Coastal Consultants are collaborating to implement a citizen science project funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS). Our project’s overarching goal is to build a coastal citizen science program to generate critical baseline data typically lacking during oil spill response. This goal continues to be realized through citizen science training of shoreline dynamics and the fundamentals of oil spill planning and response.
The objectives for the project are to:
- Prepare local citizen scientists and subject matter experts to take leadership in the community to improve oil spill preparedness and response.
- Enable community members to better understand the shoreline environment, the disruption caused by oil spills, the potential environmental changes, and socio-economic impacts.
- Collect quantitative beach dynamic and tar ball data for oil spill planning and response in coastal regions with offshore oil and gas operation.
We are actively working with citizen scientists on Dauphin Island who have received training and have collected shoreline data for the project.
Contact us if you're interested in helping with the monitoring component of the project.