The King Tides Project helps people all over the world understand how sea-level rise will impact their lives.

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What is the King Tides Project?

  • The King Tides Project is an international initiative to document extreme high tide events using photos
  • These photos can help us visualize how “normal” high tides could look in the future due to sea-level rise
  • From these images we can create a record of how our shoreline looks today and track future changes.
  • By visualizing these higher tide events we can start to understand how rising sea-levels will impact local resources and community investments

What are king tides?

  • King Tides are the highest high tide events of the year
  • They are regular and predictable events that occur when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are in alignment and the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth
  • These condition cause extreme highs and lows during the daily tidal cycle

North Carolina is interesting because…

  • For  many of us living in coastal North Carolina, flooding is a normal part of life.
  • The coast here is very flat, and tides, heavy rain events, and even wind play an important role in determining water levels
  • We are not only asking for photos of tidal-related events, but also encourage participants to share photos of any flooding or high water events they observe

Here are some photos submitted by King Tides participants:

Front St, Beaufort
Shepard St, Morehead City

Upcoming predicted King Tides!

May 24-27, 2017

June 22-25, 2017

July 21-23, 2017

 August 18-21, 2017

Click Here for the 2017 King Tides Calendar!

Latest News

  • NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer (May 12, 2017)

    NOAA has introduced a new beta version of their Sea Level Rise Viewer that allows you to view local scenarios and vulnerabilities. This map tool helps to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding and/or sea-level rise. There is data on … Continued

  • What’s Your Water Level? (April 24, 2017)

    We have a new way for you to upload your photos! “What’s your water level?” is a new web-based app from NOAA that has been developed to assist in collecting and displaying photographic water level contributions from citizen scientists in … Continued


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