King Tides Walk
Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)
Palo Alto, CA
As part of the California King Tides Initiative, Acterra and the Environmental Volunteers are teaming up to welcome members of the public to observe and document the highest seasonal tides, or “king tides,” while learning about shoreline and marshland ecology.
The event will include an educational walk through the baylands with docents at the Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter facility in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. During the walk, attendees are encouraged to photograph the high tides and the impact of rising waters on wildlife habitat in the baylands. Participants can then share those images through Flickr and contribute to a living record of the changes to California’s shorelines-- providing a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise.
This event is co-sponsored by Acterra, the Environmental Volunteers, and Save the Bay.
What to bring: A camera, binoculars, lunch, and warm layers
We will provide: Coffee and tea
What are King Tides?
“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment. When these tides happen at the same time as stormy weather (as is often the case during California’s winters), water levels can rise even higher. These high water levels can show us how higher sea levels due to climate change might impact our communities in the future.
What is the King Tide Photo Initiative?
Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what we might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. The King Tide Photo Initiative is an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others through Flickr. Everyone is welcome to participate!
The objectives of the King Tide Photo Initiative are to:
- Engage Californians in a conversation about the future of our beloved coastal areas
- Identify and catalog coastal areas that are currently vulnerable to tidal inundation
- Build an online resource of images that can be used by everyone – be that artists, high school students, public servants, non-profit organizations, scientists – to communicate about coastal hazards
Questions about this event?
Please direct questions to Talia Kirschner at email@example.com.