FloodBud Week 7

This week we were able to take a trip to Savannah and Chatham County to explore the area. Mainly, we helped our mentor, Dr. Clark, carry out firmware updates on some of the sensors as well as scout locations for new sensors and gateways. Visiting the area gave us context to better understand the sources of the data that we have been working with all summer. We knew these sensors by names and ID’s, now we actually got to see where they were placed and why those locations were chosen. In addition, we had the opportunity to meet with Kate Ferencsik and Nick Deffely from the Savannah office of sustainability to learn more about the community engagement side of the Smart Sea Level Sensors project. 

With the end of the program approaching, we tied up some loose ends and gave some thought as to what we want our final deliverables to look like. For one thing, we’ve been working on the visualization (front-end) and event detection (back-end) separately; an immediate to-do was connecting the two components. Now, the front-end has an option to display an anomaly layer, which will show the anomalous sensors for that specific day. We’ve also been working off a static csv to feed into the visualization, which we’ve now updated to the live Sea Level Sensors API. 


In terms of final deliverables, we’re thinking of two complementary parts: one public-facing website and one tool intended for Dr. Clark. The former will be a primer on the context of the project and will give a brief description of our research question/methods, with a final pane displaying the front-end aspect of our visualization. For Dr. Clark, we’ll be sending him a more detailed anomaly report through an automated email, informing him of which sensors were anomalous for that day as well as their respective error values.