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.