Snap the sea, see the future – Witness King Tides 25 May 2013

hp photosmart 720The Witness King Tides project needs you, and as many other coastal communities as possible, to take a photo or two this Saturday 25 May. Your photos of the impacts of high tides will form a comprehensive collection of snapshots of what our coastline could like in the future as a result of sea level rise.

Having this visual collection of images can help us be better prepared for a future where sea levels are higher than they are today. If we can envisage future change, we can plan and prepare for it now.

King tides can demonstrate what our coasts might look like in the future under conditions of sea level rise due to climate change. To avoid confusion, it’s important to know that king tides aren’t part of climate change; they are a natural part of tidal cycles but they do give us a sneak preview of what higher than average sea levels look like.

It is possible that by 2070 we could experience tides of the magnitude of a king tide every month due to sea level rise induced by climate change.

The Witness King Tides project aims to promote awareness around the impact of sea level rise, and help to identify coastal areas that are vulnerable to inundation, which can be monitored over time.

Visit to register and head to the coast with your camera on Saturday 25 May. Check the website for regional times.

Witness King Tides is a Green Cross Australia project and is proudly supported by The Environment Institute.


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