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Scripps, WILDCOAST, need Volunteers for Scientific Study to Monitor Equipment!

Aug 20, 2015 05:16PM ● By Paul Spear

Scripps will conduct a study in Imperial Beach to better understand how pollution behaves in the surf zone. These results will help inform decision-making, coastal management and help protect public health. The study will use pink dye to mimic pollution and Scripps scientists need volunteers to help monitor their equipment.

So if you enjoy spending time at the beach and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take pictures of pink waves while helping produce super important scientific data, this is the opportunity for you!!

For more information on this volunteer opportunity or to sign up please visit:


WHEN? experiment window and sampling dates

Volunteers will be needed during our intensive dye release studies which will occur 3 times during our experiment window (September 14 – October 16). Each release will be followed by 36 hours of sampling (2 days and 1 night) during which we need volunteer help. The exact dates of each release will not be decided until ~1 week in advance of each release because the releases require a certain set of wind and wave conditions (specifically south swells). So we will ask you to sign up for weeks in which you are available, noting any particular days/times that you cannot make it during any given week. Then we will notify volunteers 1 week in advance of their shift.

WHY? why are we doing this experiment?

If you have not already, please explore our website to learn more about why we are doing this study!

HOW? how can you help and sign up to volunteer?

To sign up to volunteer, please fill out this volunteer form below. We will contact you within 1 week after you sign up to acknowledge receipt of your interest and be in touch in more detail as the experiment date approaches. We will need every volunteer to fill out a few forms (which will be emailed to you) and to attend at least 1 volunteer training (1 hour held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography).

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