Webinar on King Tides Participation
With the final round of this winter's King Tides Project coming up with the extreme tides on Jan. 20-22, CoastWatch offers a webinar on how to participate most effectively. The event takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
CoastWatch has co-coordinated this winter citizen/community science project with the Oregon Coastal Management Program since 2010. This 45-minute online meeting will guide you through the Oregon King Tide Project website including a map of photos; demonstrate how to easily and quickly upload photos; and take you on a quick tour of the Flickr page where photos from every season are kept.
The Oregon King Tide Project asks the public to help document areas flooded by the highest winter tides. This collected information offers a preview of sea level rise, and helps communities plan for the future. Understanding and documenting the extent and impacts of major high tide events is one way to highlight the need to prepare for the effects of future climate conditions. Sea level is predicted to rise over the next century. Several areas of the Oregon coast are already vulnerable to high water levels because of their low elevations and proximity to the shoreline. Rising sea levels means increased erosion and more frequent and expanded flooding in the future. An infrequent event today could become normal in the future. The Oregon King Tides Project generates information that coastal communities can use to reduce vulnerabilities to rising sea levels.
The next king tides occur January 20-22. Please check your local tide tables for tide times.