A dozen FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication and MAST @ FIU students tested standing water at 17th and Alton in Miami Beach on the first of two of the King Tide Days Oct. 8.
Using coqui sensors that buzz to help measure the level of salinity in samples, the journalism and science students prepared for Oct. 9 when more than 120 people from FIU and MAST @ FIU take to Miami Beach to test any waters that seep onto the streets.
Students hope this experience will help them understand the degree to which waters continue to rise underground and push to the surface throughout all of South Florida not only on King Tide Day but throughout all of the year.
On Oct. 9, students wearing blue eyesontherise.org shirts will be staged throughout Miami Beach and will capture water samples and to use the sensors. Media are invited to speak with these students and to capture this moment of crowd hydrology and citizen science.
Media can interview students and select dignitaries during a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Maurice Gibb Memorial Park at Dade Boulevard and the Venetian Causeway in Miami Beach.
Download the most recent media kit below and contact Dr. Robert Gutsche, Jr. for more information throughout the morning about student locations on and near Alton Road at 608-345-0717.