Watershed Monitoring in Pohnpei


Watershed Monitoring in Pohnpei

In Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) has been collecting sediment data at Dausokole Bay for over ten years and continues to monitor the effects of sediment loads from soil run-off to Pohnpei’s nearshore coral reef ecosystems. To support CSP’s ongoing watershed management, PacIOOS is loaning a nearshore water quality sensor to the non-profit organization as part of the Water Quality Sensor Partnership Program (WQSPP). In addition, PacIOOS has provided a rain gauge to be installed at the summit of Nahnalaud, the highest peak of Pohnpei, to get a better understanding of the amount of rain water entering the system. Both sensors will provide critical data that may be utilized to guide informed decision-making to Pohnpei’s watershed and coral reef management programs.

CSP rain gauge

A team of staff from CSP installs the rain gauge at the summit of Nahnalaud. Credit: CSP.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.