New Tide Gauge Station Built in Chuuk, Micronesia
Chuuk, Micronesia has not had an active tide gauge for many years. In partnership with KIOST, the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center (UHSLC) was able to coordinate and help get a station built during the pandemic. Since travel was restricted, the technicians at UHSLC built the station in their shop, and then disassembled it and shipped it to Chuuk. They then talked the KIOST techs through the process of reassembling and installing the station. The new station is now online and data is available here. Island tide gauges provide critical points of data to help validate our satellite altimetry and for the global signal for sea level. Having an additional tide gauge in the Pacific affords NOAA and the global community more precise data to understand how sea level is changing.