Ecology project to document this winter’s ‘king tides’

King Tide Birch Bay
King tide impact seen at Birch Bay, Washington, on February 22, 2011. Photo: dbeel17

The Washington Department of Ecology is looking for photos, specifically of the higher-than-usual tides expected over the next few weeks around western Washington. Instructions and links are on Ecology’s website. Known as “King Tides”, this annual event occurs when the sun and the moon align, causing an increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans. This winter’s king tides occur in December and January.

The project to gather photos is aimed at documenting how very high tides affect the natural environment and our coastal infrastructure, plus it will help visualize what sea level rise might look like in the future. See a map and schedule of when and where the highest tides will occur.

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