State Department of Ecology looking for ‘king’ tide photos

Published on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The winter months bring some of Washington state’s highest tides, and the state Department of Ecology (DOE) is asking for the public’s help in documenting them.

Starting on about December 21, coastal communities in western Washington will begin experiencing so-called “king” tides, caused by the sun and moon’s gravitational pulls reinforcing each other. In the Puget Sound area, in which the DOE includes Birch Bay and Blaine, king tides will occur between December 27 and December 29, 2011, and between January 13 and January 17, 2012.

DOE scientists are interested in gathering information about king tides because they provide a glimpse of how rising sea levels due to global climate change could affect coastal areas. In general, rising sea levels could cause intensified flooding, increased coastal bluff erosion and damage to coastal structures, such as homes and piers.

In the interests of data-gathering, DOE scientists are asking coastal community members to take pictures of king tides events when they occur. Photos of king tides should be taken where high water levels can be gauged against familiar land marks, such as sea walls or jetties.

After noting the date, time and location of the photo, community members are encouraged to upload their digital photos to the DOE’s Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group. More information about king tides can be found here.

 

 

 
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