Celebrate King Tide Project’s Work with Wrap-Up Parties

King Tide rises along S. 1st St. levee in Coos Bay.\Photo by Robert More.
King Tide rises along S. 1st St. levee in Coos Bay.\Photo by Robert More.

The final round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project concluded Jan. 4.  (The first two rounds took place in November and December.)  Now it’s time to celebrate the project’s successes, and lay the groundwork for next winter’s edition of this long-running citizen science project.

Three King Tide wrap-up parties are planned:

Cannon Beach:  Monday, Jan. 15, 5 p.m., Public Coast Brewing

Newport:  Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m., Rogue Brewery

Coos Bay:  Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., 7 Devils Brewing

See the calendar for details.  Each of these events, free and open to all, will feature a speaker, a review of the project, and a display of the photos taken this year, as well as plenty of opportunity to socialize.  Appetizers provided; more substantial food and drink available from the host establishment.

This is the eighth year that CoastWatch has collaborated with the Coastal Management Program, along with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oregon branch, to sponsor Oregon’s contribution to this international citizen science initiative.  (The project originated in Australia, where these highest tides of the year are known as “king tides,” so the term is now used for the project around the world.)  This year we were joined on the north coast by the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

Through the King Tide Project, photographers trace the reach of the year’s highest tides, showing the intersection of the ocean with both human-built infrastructure (roads, seawalls, trails, bridges) and natural features such as cliffs and wetlands.  Anyone capable of wielding a camera can participate. 

Documenting the highest annual reach of the tides tells us something about areas of the natural and built environments which are subject to erosion and flooding now. It tells us even more about what to expect as sea level rises. Photographs of any tidally affected area—outer shores, estuary, or lower river—are relevant.  The ideal would be to document the high-tide point everywhere on the coast.  However, photos of spots where the extreme tidal reach is particularly apparent, inundating built or natural features, are most striking, and most clearly depict the future effects of sea level rise.

The results from previous years and the November round of this year's project are available for view on a special Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums.  The rest of this year’s photos will be posted soon.

The King Tide Project will start up again next fall.  For more information on the project and how to participate and post photos can be found on the project’s website, http://www.oregonkingtides.net/.  Next-year participants can post photographs online through this site. Be prepared to include the date, description and direction of the photo. An interactive map is available that will assist photographers in determining the exact latitude and longitude at which a photo was taken.   Photos can also be posted to social media (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) and tagged #orkingtides.

For information about the project or the wrap-up parties, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, [email protected], or Meg Reed, DLCD’s Coastal Shores Specialist, at (541) 574-0811, [email protected].