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December 07, 2012

Maryland Expects "King" Tides Dec. 12-15

Anglers and coastal residents are asked to take pictures of the exceptionally high tides as part of the King Tide Initiative.

Maryland is set experience some of the season’s highest tides December 12 through 15 

The CoastSmart Communities program is asking for anglers help in documenting the tides by taking pictures of high water and flooding around their coastal communities. King Tides, as they are often called, give researchers a potential look at what future sea levels may look like.

The photographs will be used in educational and outreach materials to build awareness on how coastal flooding affects Maryland’s shoreline. Building a photo library will help researchers understand how floods are impacting area schools, homes, harbors, beaches, public access points and other public infrastructure. 

CoastSmart will then use this information to create a plan for communities that may experience coastal hazards and increased flooding in the future.

King Tides are not sea level rise and are not related to climate change. But these tides show what communities could experience as a result of future sea level rise. As sea levels continue to rise, certain areas are more at-risk to the impacts of storm surge, flooding and other coastal hazards.

To Participate:

Check NOAA tide predictions for the specific daily high tide closest to your location. Record the date, time, and location of each picture.

Go to www.flickr.com to sign in. (Sign up for a free account, if you don’t already have one.) Join the Maryland King Tides Photo Initiative Group.

Edit each photo in Flickr to include in the description, date, time, direction facing, and any recognizable structure or location. Add pictures to the Maryland King tides Group.

More info is available here: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/coastsmart/king_tide.asp

--Source: Maryland DNR