King Tides Project, Third Series

February 8, 2020 - 11:00 AM - February 10, 2020 - 12:30 PM
Anywhere on the Oregon coast
CoastWatch, Coastal Management Program, Surfrider

A 2018 king tide on the Yaquina River.\Photo by Greg Henton.
A 2018 king tide on the Yaquina River.\Photo by Greg Henton.

The final round of the 2019-2020 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, takes place February 8-10, 2020.  The project reveals areas currently prone to flooding, but more important, gives us a preview of the coast in coming decades as sea level rises due to climate change.  This is valuable citizen science, and while photos of waves overtopping structures and roads are most dramatic, photos taken at the highest reach of the tide anywhere on the coast, around estuaries or in lower river floodplain areas is of use.

See our article on the project, mark your calendars, and plan to participate.  The high tides for this round are at convenient hours.  For instance, 10:55 a.m. is the moment of the highest reach of the tide on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Newport.  Of course the time will vary somewhat for other locations on that day, and change for the other days in the tide sequence (coming at 11:44 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, and 12:34 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Newport).  Information on how to participate and post photos, as well as a link to tide tables, can be found on the project’s website, http://www.oregonkingtides.net/

The results from previous years are available for view on a special Flickr site: Here.

For information about the project, contact Jesse Jones, (503) 989-7244, [email protected].