The Future of Sea Level Rise: Snap a Photo, Join the King Tides Initiative

The public photo submission initiative has been held since 2010 to demonstrate the possible impacts of sea level rise and climate change.

The California King Tides Initiative is challenging people to take pictures of high tide near the coast and share them to show the possible ramifications of climate change and sea level rise Wednesday to Friday this week.

Global sea levels are projected to increase 3 to 9 inches by 2030 and 7 to 19 inches by 2050, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences.

A king tide is an above average high tide. In Imperial Beach, the tide reached about 7 feet Wednesday and Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The tide is expected to peak near 7 feet at 9:03 a.m. Friday.

Due to rain, a flood advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for coastal and inland San Diego Thursday.

The initiative will continue in 2013 with king tide events expected Jan. 9-11 and Feb. 7-9.

Click here to see maps of potential sea level rise in coastal San Diego as a result of climate change

Visit Californiakingtides.org for more information on how to share pictures and see other images.

Erika Lowery December 13, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Part of me wants to say that Pond 10A and Pond 20 will be filled with, um, water since they are, um, PONDS.
Jon Hall December 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Gee --- why do I think the *California King Tides Initiative* is another example of our tax dollars at work ... Psssssst --- try this --- load the 3D maps into the computer --- start a simulation with varying degrees of rising sea levels --- then establish building codes and permits based on the theoretical data gathered --- stop all development in the affected areas now so we avoid the cataclysmic results later --- build seawalls in affected areas to stop the incursion of sea water OR Call Turko --- he can fix it ...
Diane Gavaghan Roff December 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Jon, you should run for office! You have the best ideas going.


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