Windsurfing Enthusiasts Support Conrad Blucher Institute, Donation to Fund Wind Research

Published: July 11, 2014

Windsurfing Enthusiasts Support Conrad Blucher Institute, Donation to Fund Wind Research

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was presented with a $2,200 donation from the Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association on Tuesday, July 8. The donation, which was provided by a group of avid local windsurfers, will support CBI research efforts such as collecting local wind data and creating useful online and smartphone applications for the public’s benefit.

“Private funding and donations such as these greatly support the long-term research conducted here at the CBI,” said Dr. Gary Jeffress, Director of the CBI “These donations help enhance our direct grant funding, which ensures that our instruments continue to collect incredibly valuable information on changes and trends along the Gulf Coast.”

Two of the CBI’s most recent projects include the installation of two new wave and current sensors at Bob Hall Pier and the release of the Texas Coastal Winds app. The new sensors provide critical information for oil spill responders, both for general planning and in case of an actual event. The data is important for coastal researchers studying changes in our local beaches and helps surfers as well as beach-goers plan their trips to the beach. The sensors will also provide life-saving information by helping to better predict rip currents.

CBI researchers also released the Texas Coastal Winds app, which is used extensively by windsurfers, local fishermen, and boat captains, who can access real-time information on wind speeds stretching from Port Isabel to Port Arthur, Texas.

“We chose to donate to the CBI because of the Institute’s commitment to maintaining the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network scientific research platforms,” said Chad Allen, a Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association board member. “We especially appreciate resources such as the stations map website, the wind hotline, the data access Web tool, and the new wind data app under development. These resources not only help those who use local waters for recreational and commercial purposes, but they contribute to long-term environmental research that will have broad benefits throughout our region.”

The Texas Coastal Winds app can be accessed from a computer and smartphone users can download it free from the Google Play store. The Texas Coastal Winds app was developed by the Coastal Dynamics Laboratory research team at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. To read more about research projects at the CBI, click HERE.