King Tides photos are used several ways to help people:
- Document current flood risk in coastal areas
- Visualize the impacts of future sea level rise in their community
- Ground-truth and validate climate change models by comparing model predictions with the high-tide reality
- Serve as a living record of change for future generations
Photos may be used in presentations, exhibitions, websites and publications on sea level rise impacts, coastal initiatives and climate action. Photos may also be used by government agencies for research and planning to assess where coastline is most vulnerable, and by scientists to better predict future sea level rise.
Currently, King Tides images are used by NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Sea Level Rise Viewer; the Our Coast, Our Future decision support tool; by the California Natural Resources Agency; and by numerous other agencies; non-profits; and community organizations around the world.