Welcome!

The California King Tides Project help people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives.  Via smartphones and social media, we invite you to document “king tides” – the highest high tides of today, which will be the average water levels of the future. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes and 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.

2016/2017 King Tides Season Dates

  • December 13 and 14, 2016
  • January 10, 11, and 12, 2017

Find a place to view the tides and plan your shoot!

Join a group event! Below are just a few happening around King Tides. Check these out, or join with a local organization to plan your own!

DATE/TIME LOCATION DESCRIPTION
12/11/16
1pm-4:45pm
Richmond:
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Outside Kids at Low Tide
On this almost-King Tides day, come to the shoreline with your kids to explore the beach. Get more info and RSVP at www.goingoutsidekids.com
12/13/16
10am-10:45am
San Francisco:
Pier 3 (bay side of the Plant)
A Royal Walk with the King Tide
Join Exploratorium staff for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph and discuss the King Tide. Rain or shine. This walk will start at Pier 3 and end at the Exploratorium on Pier 15. Free.
12/17/16
5pm-6pm
San Rafael:
China Camp State Park
King Tides Talk
Hear about how China Camp’s tidal marshes play a key role in helping scientists understand how marshes respond to sea level rise and how we can protect them. Register at friendsofchinacamp.org/event/king-tides/
1/5/17
6pm-10pm
San Francisco:
The Exploratorium
After Dark: Catch a Wave
Adults-only evening program at the Exploratorium will include a table on King Tides. Buy tickets at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/after-dark/1-5-2017
1/11/17
TBA
Suisun City:
Rush Ranch
Flooded by Science and Seawater
Join San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff for this guided walk. Register and check for details soon at www.sfbaynerr.org
1/12/17
TBA
Watsonville:
Elkhorn Slough
Elkhorn Slough Reserve King Tide Day
Walk the trails of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve to view and learn about King Tides and the Reserve Management for Sea Level Rise. Contact Virginia Guhin at Virginia.Guhin@wildlife.ca.gov for details.
1/12/17
TBA
Suisun City:
Rush Ranch
Flooded by Science and Seawater
Join San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff for this guided walk. Register and check for details soon at www.sfbaynerr.org
1/12/17
10:30am-11:15am
San Francisco:
Pier 3 (bay side of the Plant)
A Royal Walk with the King Tide
Join Exploratorium staff for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph and discuss the King Tide. Rain or shine. This walk will start at Pier 3 and end at the Exploratorium on Pier 15. Free.
1/12/17
Noon-1pm
San Francisco:
The Exploratorium Bay Observatory, Pier 15
King Tides Project Presentation and Discussion
Marina Psaros will talk about the ways citizen observations of King Tides help us understand how climate change will impact our lives. This event is free and open to the public.

StoryMap Showcases King Tides Projects Around the World

We teamed up with our friends at NOAA’s Digital Coast to make this cool StoryMap, featuring King Tides projects from around the world.  Click here to check it out!

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Featured Media – Thank you Ocean Report Features King Tides