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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Data on Tide Sensors and the City’s Fleet Available in Norfolk Open Data

NORFOLK, VA – Wondering what the city’s tide sensors measure following a week of rain?

Have you ever seen a waste collection truck roll by and thought: how many of those does the City of Norfolk have?

Find answers to both questions, as well as data stories that provide context and explanation, in Norfolk Open Data. Data on the city’s tide sensors and its fleet have joined dozens of datasets from around the city.

Tide sensor data with time stamp, water level at a tide gauge and location is collected every six minutes from sites around the city. All kinds of city employees rely on this data to make decisions about planning, construction, even road closures.

Placing this sensor data in the portal means that researchers may easily and freely obtain information that supports their work to mitigate flooding in our region. It also makes the data available to savvy entrepreneurs to conduct independent research. 

Whether you are a waterfront homeowner curious about how these gauges measure water levels near your home or elsewhere in the city, or a research scientist studying sea level rise and flooding, we WANT you to find uses for this data. 

Fleet data provides a broad view of city operations, along with tons of information about the vehicles in service across our neighborhoods. The city’s fleet – the trash trucks, fire engines, street sweepers and police cars that serve our residents – totals more than 2,000 assets.

All this equipment is maintained and supported by the technicians and staff in the city’s Fleet Maintenance division. The 29 staff technicians completed more than 9,500 work orders in 2020.

Feel free to view, download and analyze any of the data in this portal. The City of Norfolk provides this data as an affirmation of our commitment to transparency and community collaboration. We hope that you will use this data to improve your community, spark a business idea or just satisfy your curiosity.

Have a question about Norfolk Open Data? Contact us at 757-664-4007 or email opendata@norfolk.gov.

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