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King Tides Project shows how the coast would look if the climate crisis doesn’t get addressed | Strokes & Plugs | San Luis Obispo

King Tides Project shows how the coast would look if the climate crisis doesn’t get addressed | Strokes & Plugs | San Luis Obispo

SPLASH ZONE This photo of a king tide, taken at Eldwayen Ocean Park in Pismo Beach, is one of the hundreds of images that the California King Tides Project has collected. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA KING TIDES PROJECT

King tides are coming up on the Central Coast. Volunteers can help to document them.

Annie Kohut FrankelManager of the Coastal Commission‘s California King Tides Project, explained that these natural phenomena—the highest tides of the year—happen each winter.

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SPLASH ZONE This photo of a king tide, taken at Eldwayen Ocean Park in Pismo Beach, is one of the hundreds of images that the California King Tides Project has collected. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA KING TIDES PROJECT

  • Photo Courtesy Of The California King Tides Project
  • SPLASH ZONE This photo of a King Tide, taken at Eldwayen Ocean Park, Pismo Beach is one of hundreds of images that California King Tides Project has accumulated.

“They’re predictable: When the sun, the Moon, and Earth are aligned, so the moon & the sun are amplifying gravitational pulling for more extreme waves,” Kohut Frankel stated. “How high the water is depends on whether there is an offshore storm or a swell. It can be particularly dramatic if it coincides with king tides.

The Central Coast experienced its first wave in king tides on Dec. 4/5 and Kohut Frankel stated that the next one will be Jan. 1, 2, 3 and 4. California King Tides Project encourages citizens to snap photos of high water levels and submit them to scientific research.

Kohut Frankel stated that the California King Tides Project has been in existence for approximately 10 years. “But, since 2018, we have been collecting them in maps. … We have tried to make the data more scientific over the years and be more specific about the location. This is data. [and]This makes them much more useful for planners and researchers.”

Although king tides can be described as natural phenomena, they can help us to understand how climate change will affect coastal communities. California King Tides Project encourages people to imagine a world in which these unusually high tides are a regular reality.

“There are many beaches that look white and sandy during the year but might be completely underwater during king tides. Kohut Frankel stated that there are places where roads flood and trails flood. “Morro Bay certainly has some State Parks land which floods during king tides predictable.” It’s important, and we document it because 1 to 2 feet is approximately what we expect to see in terms sea-level rise over the next few decades.

Anybody can contribute to the California King Tides Project if they submit photos with exact locations.

Kohut Frankel stated that it is creating a living record about our coast. It is important that people pay more attention to sea-level rise. It encourages people to talk about it with their family and friends, which is very powerful.

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The Coastal Commission offers grants to local coastal governments that want to adapt to sea-level rising. Six rounds of funding Local Coastal ProgramSince 2014, grant funding has been awarded to local recipients, including San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. The deadline to submit grant applications for funding is Dec. 22.

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Malea Martin, Staff Writer, can be reached at mmartin@newtimesslo.com.

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