The California King Tides Initiative encourages members of the public to document the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) that occur along the state’s coast. Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what we might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. King tide events are an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others. Everyone is welcome to participate!
The objectives of the King Tide Photo Initiative are to:
- Engage Californians in a conversation about the future of our beloved coastal areas
- Identify and catalog coastal areas that are currently vulnerable to tidal inundation
- Build an online resource of images that can be used by everyone – artists, scientists, school groups, coastal planners – to document, visualize, and communicate about coastal hazards
Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes and projections indicate that sea level rise will exacerbate these changes. King Tides images offer a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise.
Photos taken during King Tide events document impacts to private property, public infrastructure, and wildlife habitat across the state. We want to continue capturing what happens during extreme high tides, and we need your help to do it!
Featured Media – Thank you Ocean Report Features King Tides Initiative
Featured Project – Bay Area Residents: Help Us Make Sea Level Rise Models Better!
We’re partnering with USGS and the Our Coast, Our Future project to collect king tide photos from specific locations around the Bay Area. The pictures you take will help scientists better understand which areas are most at risk of flooding and future sea level rise. Researchers will compare your photos of the high tide against computer simulations of flooding to see how well these simulations match reality. This is a fun, easy way for you to provide important information that will help future sea level rise adaptation planning efforts in the Bay Area. For more details, click here.
Featured Resource – Tide UP Videos
Tide Up: Voices on Sea Level Rise in the Bay Area is a collection of photos, video and stories told by the people who havefoundthemselves personally tied up with the problem of sea level rise in California. Hear from the perspective of scientist, politicians, land managers and more about what is happening to our coast, what is already being done and how you can get involved. Click here to check out the complete series.