The King Tides Project helps people all over the world understand how sea-level rise will impact their lives.
What are king tides?
While “king tide” is not a scientific term, it is generally used to describe the highest high tide events of the year, which occur when there is alignment of the gravitational pull of the sun and moon.
North Carolina is interesting because…
In addition to astronomical tides (driven by the sun and moon), meteorological components such as wind speed, direction, and duration, as well as storm surge, play an important role in determining water levels in much of coastal North Carolina.
We have expanded our king tides project scope to reflect the unique conditions in NC. In addition to photos of high water during the two perigean spring tides each year, we are asking for photos during all major coastal high water events.
What is the King Tides Project?
The King Tides Project is an international initiative to document extreme high tide events. Participants use their camera or smartphone to record instances of high water in public places and then post it on social media. These photos can help us visualize how “normal” high tides could look in the future because of 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.
Here are some photos submitted by King Tides participants:
Tips for taking photos:
- Take photos against familiar (stable) landmarks such as docks, jetties, buildings, etc.
- Capture both peak high and low water in order to highlight the contrast in tides
- Stay Safe! Don’t risk yourself for a photo, make sure you stay in a safe location when taking photos, particularly during stormy conditions.
- For more info on participating and how to upload your photos click here
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