“King Tides” Illustrate Vulnerability of California Shoreline

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Para leer este comunicado de prensa en Español favor pulse aquí: “King Tides” o Mareas Extremas Illustran La Vulnerabilidad de la Costa de California.

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On Wednesday, some of the year’s highest tides will hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea level rises in the coming years. These “king tides” – as the highest winter tides are called – will be captured by citizen imagery through the California King Tides Project. The Project is asking residents to photograph these ultra-high tides, highlighting the way homes, harbors, and other infrastructure, as well as beaches, wetlands, and public access to the coast may be affected by sea level rise in the future.  In a report released earlier this year, the National Academy of Sciences projects approximately one foot of sea-level rise by 2050 and up to five feet by 2100 along the California coast.

These December king tides (December 12-14) mark the second of four winter king tides events, following earlier king tide events on November 13-15, 2012. Additional winter king tides will occur from January 9 through January 11 and February 7 through February 9. View the Project’s King Tides tide chart of the timing and location of tide levels throughout California at http://www.californiakingtides.org/when/.  Participants can submit and view images at www.flickr.com/groups/cakingtides.

North Coast/Humboldt: Eureka: Woodley Island; Indian Island; Del Norte St. Pier; Halvorsen Park/The Adorni Center. Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. King Salmon Beach. New Navy Base Road in Manila/Samoa.

San Francisco Area Outer Coast: Ocean Beach; Stinson Beach; Pacifica: Beach Blvd. Sea Wall near the municipal pier; Laguna Salada. City of Capitola. City of Santa Cruz.

Inner SF Bay: Proposed Treasure Island development site. South Bay: Redwood Creek and proposed Redwood City dev. site, Dumbarton Bridge.  Marin: Corte Madera, Richardson Bay, Gallinas Creek (north of China Camp).

Central Coast: Monterey: Marina State Beach, Monterey State Beach, Cannery Row; Carmel: Carmel Beach; Big Sur: McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera Beach, Garrapata Beach, Pfeiffer Beach.

Santa Barbara Area: Isla Vista beaches, Goleta Beach County Park, Leadbetter Beach, Butterfly Beach, Miramar Beach, Padaro Lane, Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Hobson State Beach, Faria, and Emma Wood State Beach.

Santa Monica: Broad Beach, Malibu shoreline homes, Marina del Rey, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles.

Orange County: Seal Beach/Sunset Beach Oceanfront (City of Seal Beach), Huntington Harbor (Huntington Beach), Newport Beach islands and peninsula (Newport Beach).

San Diego: San Diego Bay, Oceanside Beach, San Elijo Lagoon, Del Mar Dog Beach/San Dieguito Lagoon Entrance, Torrey Pines (where Penasquitos enters the ocean), La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, and Imperial Beach/Tijuana Estuary.