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! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...Read more
In coastal areas around the globe, “king tides” – the highest high tides of the year – can offer a glimpse of the future when sea level rise will impact coastal cities and towns. For many low-lying island nations, however, the king tides of today are more than just a glimpse of problems to come, they create significant problems in the present. News reports this week illustrate some of the problems faced by island nations during these most recent king tides. Hundreds were forced to evacuate the capital of the Marshall Islands due to flooding, and in Kiribati, crops were destroyed from saltwater contamination due to the king tides. Many researchers and policy makers consider low-lying coastal areas like these to be the “canaries in the coal mine” of sea level rise impacts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new...Read more
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 Project International is an initiative delivered by a network of organizers on coastlines around the world. We are citizen scientists, capturing data and images showing what the future sea levels will be and what is at risk.
The King Tides Project helps people all over the world understand how sea level rise will impact their lives.
The King Tides Project is a fun way to explore your community, while supporting scientists and decision makers to plan for future sea level rise.
There is also an opportunity to connect with participants and organizers around the world.
While the term ‘king tide’ isn’t a scientific term, it is used to describe an especially high tide event occurring twice a year, when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between sun and moon.
When king tides occur during cyclones, floods or storms, water levels can rise to higher levels and have the potential to cause great damage to property and the coastline.