King Tides and Climate Change

San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum recently published a mini-documentary about King Tides projects for their “Science in the City” video series:

When science and art intersect in the San Francisco Bay area, the Exploratorium wants to showcase it in their monthly web series, Science in the City. The California King Tides Initiative (CKTI) enjoys strong participation from San Francisco Bay Area residents, and the Exploratorium’s Video Producer, Jim Granato took notice. With sea levels on the rise, crucial documentation can be made of these king tides to help further the research being done by scientists and policy makers. The California King Tides Initiative, similar to its national and international affiliates, has set up a place online where anyone with a camera can help by sharing their photos and information about their communities and how king tides are affecting them. Photographs of king tides in CA submitted to the CKTI flickr group are not only useful and important information about flooding and sea level rise, but are also compelling artistic images. The final episode for the 2013 season of Science in the City features photographs taken by CKTI participants while Marina Psaros and I (Hayley Zemel), Organizing Partners for the King Tides Initiative, discuss the issues of sea level rise, adaptation, communication, and what we can do to prepare for the future.

Citing king tides and sea level rise as a threat, Kiribati man seeks refugee status

It could be a landmark case: no pun intended.

A Kiribati man, his wife and three children are among millions of potential future refugees from rising sea levels is currently seeking this status in New Zealand.

English: Map of Kiribati Español: Mapa de Kiribati

English: Map of Kiribati Español: Mapa de Kiribati (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Article in the Vancouver Sun: Kiribati man seeks refugee status over climate change effects

While experts say the case is a long shot, it certainly does raise the level of dialogue on the impacts to society from climate change induced sea level rise. How will the world cope with human migrations that result?

EPA Director reflects on king tides

Paul Cough recently reflected on king tides, “Growing up near the Kennebec River in Maine, I could see the tide rise and fall every day. Today, as Director of EPA’s Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, the oceans, coasts and coastal communities are always on my mind.”  Read the complete entry on EPA’s website.

Witness #KingTides on Flickr!




King Tide 2012 BreakwaterJen's shoes get wetSelkirk waterfront walkway2Walkway under GCHighway, Tallebudgera Creek. King Tide 23-1-12


International King Tides, a gallery on Flickr.


Most of the initiatives around the world rely on social media platforms for sharing images of King Tides. There is no hard and fast rule on this – but most are using Flickr photo sharing.


The best part (I think) about this tool is that the licensing of each photo is easy to set up. This is because we encourage wide sharing – so photos should be creative commons where possible.


You can search #kingtides on Flickr and under an advanced search, choose creative commons. These photos will be free to use, but check the licensing details, as most photographers request at least attribution.


Do you have a favorite photo sharing tool?


We’d love to hear of other tools that could work well for this initiative. Do tell in the comments section belo


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Our new hub for International King Tides activity!

We’re very excited to announce this hub for King Tides initiatives around the world!

We are a little under construction at the moment… so please excuse the typos and cryptic text.

In the mean time, catch up with King Tides organizers and photographers on twitter via the #kingtides hashtag.


The King Tides International Hub team