By Outer Banks Voice on December 8, 2021
Currituck County released this announcement on Dec. 8 about installing new oceanfront web cameras that will have both public health and scientific implications.
Currituck County is pleased to announce that it will be one of the first US coastal communities to participate in a project utilizing coastal web cameras for quantitative scientific analysis, public safety, and resource management for coastal municipalities. This is a NOAA funded project called Webcams for Coastal Observations and Operational Support (WebCOOS).
Currituck County is partnering with Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of California Santa Cruz, Axiom Data Science, NOAA (CO-OPS), U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install new web cameras on the oceanfront in Corolla.
The two newly installed cameras will have integrated cutting-edge technology with scientific and public health applications. The team will use the data to alert and inform residents, visitors, and scientists about flooding, beach usage, beach and surf zone conditions (e.g., rip currents and coastal inundation), and water quality for swimmer safety.
The system will use a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) software to monitor, assess, and report on beach hazards and activities. Additionally, live beach footage from both cameras will be available to the public to view from their desktop and mobile devices.
The project is anticipated to launch in Spring 2022.