Washington State Department of Ecology - December 3, 2013

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Share your photos of high tides with the Department of Ecology

OLYMPIA – Washington’s naturally occurring king tides start this week, and the state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

These tidal events are often referred to as king tides. They offer a glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shorelines by:

Recent scientific studies project that global sea level will rise 4-56 inches by 2100 with significant local variation. By soliciting and posting king tide photos on its Web page, Ecology is working to educate people about the impacts of sea-level rise with the goal of better informed public policy decisions about shoreline  planning and management.            

In Washington’s coastal regions – Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the outer coast – this season’s king tides will happen from early December 2013 through the end of January 2014.

Dates vary slightly depending on location:

Follow these steps to participate:

Since 2010, Ecology has collected nearly 700 king tide photos from the public.  

In addition to Ecology’s collection of photos, Witness King Tides (WKT) collects images of important places threatened by sea level rise. WKT is a project of Washington Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-funded marine research and education organization based at the University of Washington. Go to:  http://washington.kingtides.net/

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Media Contact:

Dan Partridge, 360-407-7139; cell, 360-480-5722;  dan.partridge@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

King Tides in Washington (www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_hightide.htm)

Ecology King Tide Map and Schedule (www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_hightide_map.htm)

Washington King Tides Photo Initiative Flickr group (www.flickr.com/groups/1611274@N22/)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)