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Department of Ecology looking for king tide photos

December 5, 2013

Washington’s naturally occurring king tides start this week, and the state Department of Ecology is inviting the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

These tidal events are often referred to as king tides and they offer a glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shorelines by intensifying coastal flooding; shifting marine beaches inland; increasing bluff erosion; and endangering houses and other structures built near the shore.

Recent studies project that global sea level will rise 4-56 inches by 2100 with significant local variation. By asking for the king tide photos, Ecology is working to educate people about the impacts of sea-level rise with the goal of better informed public policy decisions about shoreline planning and management.

In Washington’s coastal regions, this season’s king tides will occur from early December 2013 through the end of January.

To participate, use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur and take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings. Note the date, time and location of your photo, and upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group with the hashtag #KingTides.

Since 2010, Ecology has collected nearly 700 king tide photos from the public.



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