What We Do

The California King Tides Project was launched in the winter of 2010/2011 by a partnership of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. As a successful pilot effort, the King Tides Project created a rich and diverse archive of photographs that highlight the changes in California’s shoreline communities and ecosystems.

The California project is part of a global network of King Tides initiatives along both coasts of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. We’re fortunate to work with a group of dedicated scientists, planners, environmentalists, and others around the world.

But really, this project isn’t about us organizers, it’s about you:  you taking pictures of your community and thinking about how sea level rise might affect your life.

Questions? Contact us at cakingtides@gmail.com

Our Mission

The California King Tides Project has two goals:

  1. Educate the public about sea level rise. Hundreds of thousands of California residents – many of whom are physically, socially, or economically disadvantaged – live in areas which will be vulnerable or uninhabitable within the next 50 years. Yet most people don’t understand these risks, and support for adaptation planning is weak. We aim to help people understand what’s at risk and how they can be part of the adaptation solution.
  2. Create a catalogue of hyperlocal flood risk data for researchers and decision makers. In California, billions of dollars worth of private property, public infrastructure, and businesses are at risk, but flood prediction models often lack good validation data, and parcel-scale information needed for municipal planning is missing. We help fill those gaps through our innovative citizen science.