Talk on Increasing Resilience to Coastal Hazards

April 27, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St
Astoria, OR
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis & Clark National Park Association, North Coast Watershed Association, CoastWatch

King tides at the Siuslaw North Jetty
King tides at the Siuslaw North Jetty


The King Tides project is a community science effort that recruits volunteers to take photographs that depict the highest reach of the highest tides of the year. Documenting current vulnerabilities to flooding can provide a preview of what could be typical high tides with sea level rise and global climate change.

On Thursday, April 27, the Nature Matters speaker series will feature CoastWatch's Volunteer Coordinator, Jesse Jones, and Alessandra Burgos, the program manager at Cascadia CoPes Hub. This presentation was originally scheduled for Dec 22, 2022, but was canceled due to weather.

The Nature Matters series delves into how human beings look to the natural world for inspiration, sustenance, and survival - the intersection of nature and culture. The collaborative series is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George Brewery + Public House (1483 Duane St in Astoria) and is free to the public and no registration is required. The talk will begin at 7 p.m., doors open, and food and drink will be available at 6 p.m.

More about the talk:

"Pacific Northwest coastal communities are at risk from earthquakes, including “The Really Big One,” tsunamis, sea level rise, landslides, erosion, and increased precipitation. During this talk, Alessandra Burgos, program manager at Cascadia CoPes Hub, will share how the Hub is responding directly to the call for increased coastal community adaptive capacity. Understanding and documenting the extent and impacts of especially high tide events is one way to highlight the need to prepare for the effects of future climate conditions. Jesse Jones, co-coordinator of the Oregon King Tides Project, an initiative now in its 13th year, will engage the public to document the effect that extreme tide events have on our beaches, coastal waterways, private property, and public infrastructure. The King Tides Project generates information that coastal communities can use to reduce vulnerabilities to rising sea levels."

Learn more about the Nature Matters series here.

For more information about this event or the King Tides Project, contact Jesse Jones, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, (503) 989-7244, [email protected].