The second series of severe high tides are set to hit Monday through Thursday and the Department of Ecology wants your photos of the effects on Washington beaches.

The extremely high King Tides occur naturally when the sun and the moon align, causing an increased gravitational pull on the oceans.

The Department of Ecology says documenting how very high tides affect the natural environment and the coastal infrastructure will help them visualize what sea level rise might look like in the future.

The Washington King Tide Photo Initiative is in its third year.

To better illustrate the impacts of the high winter tides, Ecology recommends that you take photos in areas where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports, dikes, buildings, roads or other infrastructure. Don't include people in the photos.

The King Tides Photo Initiative began in Australia in January 2009. In 2010, Washington and British Columbia began collecting king tide photos and in 2011 they were joined by Oregon and California. The Washington King Tide Photo Initiative is now part of a coordinated effort between British Columbia, Washington, California and Oregon. Organizations and governments around the country are holding photo initiatives of their own.


High tides map

Washington High Tide Photo Initiative flickr page

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