King Tide to Demonstrate Potential Impact of Climate Change

King Tide, to take place over the course of the next two months, is expected to demonstrate the potential impact of sea level rise due to climate change.

A King Tide forecast Friday and Saturday is expected to raise sea levels near seven feet.

The forecast from Jan. 20-22 and Feb. 6-8 will also raise sea levels five to eight inches above normal, and demonstrate the potential impact of climate change.

Environmentalists statewide are asking members of the public to contribute photos they take of the shoreline in areas known to flood during high tide.

and including the opinions of 40 different experts, sea levels for the San Diego shoreline could rise 12 to 18 inches by 2050.

“King tides demonstrate the power of visualization and give us a rare chance to see how higher sea levels and increased storm intensity could change our shoreline and impact our resources,” said Kristen Goodrich, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the . 

“One common sense approach to adapting to climate change impacts is to restore and protect wetlands, which function like natural sponges, buffering against rising sea levels, higher tides and increased storm and wave activity.”


Last year, more than 300 photos were taken for the California King Tide Initiative.

Visit the King Tide Initiative website to learn how to submit your own photos or more about the project.

Riley Hunter December 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM
This is just foolish. I remember very well 40 years ago we had a king tide episode in Sydney. Washed away a few houses and sea structures. But 40 years on the sea levels are pretty much exactly the same as they were, which is pretty much the same as they were 100 years ago. The seas are rising at a steady rate of about 1mm per year. Any suggestion that the seas will be 12 to 18 inches higher by 2050 is just ludicrous and a statement that could only be made by a complete fool.
John Parsons December 23, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Mr. Hunter-- Your taxes have paid for some very expensive equipment to measure sea levels. You can easily access the results of your investment at NOAA, NASA and NCDC and see who the fool really is. John Parsons
joshua kerr December 24, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Create an inland sea that floods the interior of Australia. Use the inland sea as a safety valve capturing and releasing water depending on world climate conditions.
Riley Hunter December 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM
John, with all due respect, you are quoting measurements and data but you are assuming you know what they show. You are being fooled by the nonsense that you read and also by your willingness (if not your need) to believe this crap. The following is a link to the actual sea level data from the Sydney measuring station, which is one of the longest running in the world. The data clearly shows that sea levels (around Sydney at least) have been rising at a steady state of 0.9mm per year since 1886 when measuring started. It is not accelerating. If anything, it is decelerating. Like I said before the sea level rise over the past 100 years has been less than 90mm and there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that it will be any different over the next 100 years (although that's not to say that it won't be different - it probably will, but which way and by how much, no-one knows).
Riley Hunter December 29, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Forgot to post the link: http://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/stations/65.php
Riley Hunter December 29, 2011 at 08:29 PM
forgot to post the link, and replied to the wrong post... http://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/stations/65.php


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