The first of the King Tide events for 2013 begin today, January 9th and run until this Friday, January 11th. So, grab your camera, head to the shoreline, and take some pictures!
The California King Tides initiative, sponsored by government and nonprofit groups, began 3 years ago and encourages camera-toting volunteers to photograph and document the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) as an illustration of what low-lying coastal areas could look like if predictions about the Earth’s climate come to pass.
The photographs submitted to the group will be used to help visualize the impact of rising waters on the California coast by creating a map that will catalog coastal areas that are currently affected by extreme water levels. A report containing a selection of the submissions will be available after the event.
Since our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes, the images can 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.
“It’s definitely very high tides this year, and we just encourage people to use this opportunity to go out, take pictures and reflect what this means for our shoreline and the fact that’s its constantly changing even today, and how that might affect how we think about sea level rise in the future,” says coordinator Heidi Nuttles.
Photos taken during king tide events document impacts to private property, public infrastructure, and wildlife habitat across the state.
So, have fun and be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions. If you can’t shoot photos for this run, the next one will be February 7th-9th