King tides come in this weekend

Tides this weekend are predicted to reach heights of over 10 feet off the coast of Newport, according to NOAA predictions. This King Tide photo was captured near Otter Rock. (News-Times file photo)

The third round of the current winter’s king tides is coming up Jan. 10-12. Volunteer photographers are invited to assist the Oregon King Tides Photo Project, a citizen science activity, by taking photos that document the highest reach of the year’s highest tides. The Oregon King Tides Photo Project takes place throughout Oregon’s coastal region.

The last high-tide sequence this winter on which the project’s volunteers will focus take place on Feb. 8-10.

Anyone with a camera can participate. At high tide on any of the three project days — the timing of which varies, depending on location — find a safe spot to observe the tide in relation to the land, snap photos and post them online. More information on the project, a link to tide tables, instructions for posting photos and a map of photo locations can be found on the website: http://www.oregonkingtides.net.

King tide photos can be taken anywhere affected by tides, whether on the outer shoreline, in estuaries or along lower river floodplains. Photos showing high water in relation to infrastructure — roads, bridges, seawalls and the like — can be particularly striking, and reveal where flooding problems threaten.  But shots of marshes or other habitats being inundated, or coastal shorelines subject to flooding and erosion, are also useful.  The goal of this long-term citizen science project is to document the highest reach of the tides on an ongoing basis, for comparative study over a period of many years.

Photographers who participated in past years are urged to return to the locations from which they took earlier King Tide photos so as to track the tides in that location over time. Photographers are also urged to return to the same locations to take comparison shots at ordinary high tide.

While the King Tides Photo Project can help identify areas that are currently threatened by flooding, the more important purpose is to gain a preview of sea-level rise.

Photographs from past years of the King Tide Photo Project can be viewed on the project’s Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/groups/oregonkingtides.

For more information about this event or the King Tides Project, contact Jesse Jones, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at 503-989-7244, [email protected]

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