King Tide : Preview of Sea Level Rise
For the West Coast of the United States, the King Tide hits Thursday (tomorrow), Friday, and Saturday – February 7 – 9. The King Tide, or the highest tides of the year, lets us peek through the window of sea-level rise, showing us what’s to come. The higher-than-usual waves also help us understand what low-lying islands face, and provide us with the opportunity to sympathize with those that suffer in tsunamis (our deepest condolences go out to the Solomon Islands for last night’s tsunami, the villages that were destroyed, and the people that are still missing).
Please “attend” the King Tide by RSVP’ing, and committing to taking pictures of your beach or coastal viewing area of choice. Use the few days to think about sea-level rise and how it impacts people in obvious ways, and in less obvious ways. Share your thoughts and observations – and pictures! Please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, and our favorite photo will be shared in a slideshow on the Huffington Post and other outlets.
(Other coastal communities around the globe are experiencing King Tides at various times in the next ten days. Please contact me if I can help identify the king tide nearest you!)