Saturday, February 04, 2012

Government wants a flood of photos

From: NewsMail  by: Mike Derry

THE State Government wants residents to go out and take photos of the king tides as part of a project to highlight areas that are vulnerable to tidal flooding.

Photos of Monday’s king tides will help the government deal with changes as sea levels rise.

THE State Government wants Bundaberg residents to go out on Monday and take photos of the king tides as part of a project to highlight areas and infrastructure that are vulnerable to tidal flooding.

The king tide at Burnett Heads will happen on Monday at 8.42am.

Environment minister Vicky Darling wants people to get involved in the Witness King Tides interactive community event, with the big tides up and down the Queensland coast this weekend and on Monday.

"I encourage all Queenslanders to pick up their cameras and phones over the weekend, head out to your local beach or wetland and snap away," she said.

The website has information about the king tide events, outlines good spots along the coast to see the impact and has tips for taking useful photos.

"King tides give us an opportunity to see what our coast might look like in the future under conditions of sea level rise due to climate change," Ms Darling said.

"Taking photos of areas affected by king tides now is a great way of identifying vulnerable locations and involving the community in monitoring sea level change."

Anyone who takes photos on Monday can upload them to the new Witness King Tides web portal to share the images and create a visual database.

"We know that king tides are a natural phenomenon that occur twice a year and are not caused by climate change," Ms Darling said.

"We also know that high tides levels will become far more common as sea levels continue to rise."

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