Thursday, May 12, 2011

High tides hit Monday...grab your camera!

by the Puget Sound Partnership

Some higher than normal tides will be coming May 16-18, creating an opportunity for great picture taking, and a hint at what impacts global sea-level rise might have on our area. While the early week tides are not "King Tides," which are the highest predicted high tides of the year, they are expected to be significantly higher than average.

Recent scientific studies project that global sea-level will rise 3-5 feet by 2100. Sea-level rise impacts should be considered when investing in roads, sewers, and other infrastructure, developing homes and businesses, and restoring natural areas.

Photographs and videos taken during May's higher than normal water levels can be used to generate local publicity for an October King Tide Campaign, planned by EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries, to educate people about sea-level rise impacts, so that responsible management and planning decisions can be made to better protect estuaries of national significance from adverse climate change impacts.

Visit NOAA's "Tidal Prediction" web-page to look up the time of day when the highest tides will occur on May 16, 17 and 18.

To share your high tide photos, join our Flickr group.

For more information about past photo initiatives, see Ecology's King Tides page.

To get involved in Puget Sound Partnership activities, join their ECOnet outreach network.

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