In 2014, Wetlands Watch developed the Sea Level Rise smart phone mapping app to crowdsource flooding information. We had no idea that five years later, through partnerships with energetic people and organizations, we’d be in the Guinness Record Book!
Thousands of people joined the effort as we grew this effort over the last two years. Concursive Corporation, with Dave Richards who built the app, continued to support it as a community service. Dave Mayfield, then with the Virginian Pilot, came up with the “Catch the King” effort that resulted in the Guinness Record. Derek Loftis of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science was the scientific backbone of the work, using the data collected to perfect his flooding models. Karen Jacklich was the organizer for the hundreds of mappers that came to make this whole thing work.
This is a marvelous example of how people can come together to deal with the problems we face along the coast. We are so proud to be a part of this. Now we want to get more folks mapping in Virginia and also pass the technology and lessons learned along to other coastal regions.