On Thursday Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host a virtual program on Zoom titled, “Storm Surge in the Penobscot Bay and River: Observations and Lessons Learned” with Preston Spicer, Ph.D. candidate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maine.

To register for this presentation, go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs and follow the link.

Storm surges can be a threat to life and property in coastal regions during tropical and mid-latitude storm events. The state of Maine is most prone to storm surges resulting from mid-latitude winter storms, typically called “nor’easters.” When nor’easters track far enough inland, there is often a strong wind directed from the south over coastal Maine, which enhances surge in Maine’s many estuaries.

In this program, Spicer will present observations of surge during two of these “windstorms” in one of the states largest estuaries: the Penobscot Bay and River system. He will discuss the unique citizen scientist monitored water level network, which was created to capture these observations, as well as some interesting findings from each storm.

Preston Spicer joined the Sensing Storm Surge project team in 2017 to aid in data management and processing. Sensing Storm Surge, led by Dr. Kim Huguenard and Dr. Laura Rickard, is a long-term water level monitoring project in which citizen scientist volunteers aid UMaine researchers in collecting water level measurements around the Penobscot Bay & River estuary system. Preston utilizes this extensive data set to study tide and storm surge dynamics in the Penobscot estuary.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition supports conservation and stewardship of natural and public resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building, and education. To learn more, visit belfastbaywatershed.org.

For more information about this program, call the library at 207-338-3884, ext.10.

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