The first round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, takes place starting tomorrow and runs through Monday. The other two high-tide series the project will cover will be December 3-5, and January 2-4, 2018. The project reveals areas currently prone to flooding, but more important, gives a preview of the coast in coming decades as sea level rises due to climate change.
Every year in early winter, high tides in Oregon are higher than usual. These extreme high tides, commonly called “King Tides,” occur at a few specific times during the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. These tides are being documented to help visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise like flooding and erosion in the coming decades.
These are especially important to document in the winter when storm surge and high winds and waves are more frequent, creating even higher water levels. The public is invited to participate in the project by taking pictures of areas impacted by this season’s king tides and sharing your photos on social media or through the King Tide web app.
Over time as the project continues, photos taken at the same locations year after year will help to show changing sea levels. The estimated moment of the highest reach of the tide on the first day of this series is 12:29 p.m. tomorrow at Depoe Bay. Information on how to participate and post photos can be found on the project’s website www.oregonkingtides.net.