The King Tides Project helps people all over the world understand how sea level rise will impact their lives. Extreme high tides, or “king tides”, occur at a few specific times during the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. During these high water events, we can see what the average water levels might look like in the future, given projected sea level rise. The King Tides Project invites people to visit the shoreline and capture images of important places threatened by sea level rise.
King Tides images help local communities and decision makers understand the challenges we will face given a changing climate. Ecosystems, infrastructure and people will be impacted by this phenomenon. In some places the impacts are hard to fathom… Seeing is believing.
Featured Project – San Francisco Bay Area Residents Help Scientists Make Sea Level Rise Models Better
In January, California King Tides partnered with USGS and the Our Coast, Our Future project to collect king tide photos from specific locations around the Bay Area. The pictures people took are helping scientists better understand which areas are most at risk of flooding and future sea level rise. Researchers are comparing photos of the high tide against computer simulations of flooding to see how well these simulations match reality. This was a fun, easy way for everyday people to provide important information that will help future sea level rise adaptation planning efforts in the Bay Area. For the original announcement, click here.
If you’d like to explore setting up a similar citizen science photodocumentation project in your own area, email us!
This website is the hub connecting King Tides Project participants and organizers around the world. In Spring 2014, we are building a platform for researchers, planners, communicators, and YOU to share images of coastal flooding.
|This icon represents regions where a local King Tides Project exists.|
|This icon represents regions that are vulnerable to sea level rise and don’t yet have an initiative (hint: we’re looking for some!)|
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