Saturday, January 07, 2012

King Tide to Demonstrate Potential Impact of Climate Change

From: Coronado Patch

King Tide, to take place over the course of the next two months, is expected to demonstrate the potential impact of sea level rise due to climate change.

A King Tide forecast Friday and Saturday is expected to raise sea levels near seven feet.

The forecast from Jan. 20-22 and Feb. 6-8 will also raise sea levels five to eight inches above normal, and demonstrate the potential impact of climate change.

Environmentalists statewide are asking members of the public to contribute photos they take of the shoreline in areas known to flood during high tide.

According to research led by the San Diego Foundation and including the opinions of 40 different experts, sea levels for the San Diego shoreline could rise 12 to 18 inches by 2050.

“King tides demonstrate the power of visualization and give us a rare chance to see how higher sea levels and increased storm intensity could change our shoreline and impact our resources,” said Kristen Goodrich, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

“One common sense approach to adapting to climate change impacts is to restore and protect wetlands, which function like natural sponges, buffering against rising sea levels, higher tides and increased storm and wave activity.”

Click here to view maps from the study which simulate potential impact to the local shoreline.

Last year, more than 300 photos were taken for the California King Tide Initiative.

Visit the King Tide Initiative website to learn how to submit your own photos or more about the project: http://www.livesmartbc.ca/connect/kingtidephotos/

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