Pinpointing Rip Currents

Rip currents—strong channels of water that flow out from the shore—claim more lives annually than tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and floods combined. Lake Michigan swimmers will be much safer from the risk of rip currents and other dangerous waves thanks to an effort that matches academic know-how with coastal issue expertise and resources.

A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor partnered with the Wisconsin Coastal Management program and Wisconsin Sea Grant to test and implement the pilot program, the Integrated Nowcast/Forecast Operation System (INFOS), at two beaches in Wisconsin. A similar system was piloted along Lake Superior, in Duluth, Minnesota. The equipment identifies and more accurately pinpoints the movement and behavior of hazardous wave conditions. (2016)

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Partners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Milwaukee County Parks Department, Minnesota Sea Grant, Office for Coastal Management