Wondering how your smart phone pictures can make a difference? Building a photographic library of how our Chesapeake communities experience flooding due to natural events, such as high tides, is an important step to learning more about and then helping, areas that are especially vulnerable as tides rise into the future.
The King Tides Initiative began in Queensland, Australia, in 2009 and quickly gained popularity in British Columbia, Washington, California, and Oregon. King Tides are not related to climate change and are not sea level rise. The term ‘king tide’ is a non-scientific term used to describe naturally occurring, exceptionally high tides that take place when the sun and moon’s gravitational pull align making the oceans "bulge." While the king tides are not as dramatic in Maryland, being aware of when they occur and photographing the areas that flood during these tides are critical to learning where sea level rise and future superstorms may impact most significantly.
So head down to the waterfront January 9-13 and snap a few pics of how high tides affect your neighborhood docks or shoreline. Learn specifics on how to send them to the Maryland DNR here