Photograph King Tides for scientists to see future of sea level rise

Submitted by Washington Sea Grant

King tides, the annual extreme-high tides that occur whenever the moon is closest to Earth, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters – and a glimpse of what Western Washington may look like as sea levels rise.

Through Nov. 30, there are great opportunities to capture these extreme tides and help scientists assemble a preview of shorelines to come. Photos will help scientists, managers, planners and local communities visualize the changes coming to coastal regions around Western Washington.

Download the MyCoast app on smartphones, or go to to upload king tide photographs from events on the calendar.

There are more king tides coming in December and January. The King Tides program is a partnership between Washington Sea Grant and Washington Department of Ecology.

Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington, provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services, helping people understand and address the challenges facing our ocean and coasts. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.