The crowdsourced data collected during the "Catch the King Tide" project is being put to good use, as participants found out during a reflection event Dec. 13, held at Old Dominion University by the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency.
With the King Tide event on Nov. 5, the community helped add to the information used by researchers and localities for preventative flooding alerts, planning and maps, said Michelle Covi, assistant professor of practice at ODU.
"We're definitely getting this penetration. The entire region is starting to get on the same page," Covi said, noting that more research is forthcoming on the subject.
The King Tide event collected data from more than 500 Hampton Roads volunteers. Using a locally-created app, volunteers walked along the edges of flooded areas recording data points. Once collected, the data was transferred to researchers, who are using it to check the accuracy of flooding predictions, update maps and improve models.