“Collaborating to improve the forecasting, understanding, and prevention of surf hazards"

OUR GOALS

Create a space for stakeholder collaboration within surf hazard reporting

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Improve surf hazard forecasting through coordinated data collection

Promote surf hazard awareness and education

Prevent incidents and fatalities

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Who WE ARE

The Surf Hazards Awareness and Research Coordination (SHARC) is a network of professionals who work within the sectors of beach hazards and safety. Those participating range from university professors and researchers at local universities like Stony Brook and Hofstra, to forecasters and modelers from NOAA and the National Weather Service, to beach managers and lifeguards throughout Long Island. 

WHAT ARE SURF HAZARDS

Surf hazards can include rip currents and dangerous shore breaks or high waves, strong currents, and other accidental drownings. Other hazards at the beach can include lightning or sun and heat exposure.

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WHAT WE DO

While each member may come from a different background or specific interest, working together we can increase our capacity of understanding beach hazards in order to prevent future incidents and deaths.

DATA COLLECTION

SHARC would like your help collecting data about rip currents and other surf hazards occurring on local beaches.