Bass Coast,
16
May
2013
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03:14
Australia/Melbourne

Tide Trackers Wanted To Photograph King Tides

King tides will hit the shores of Bass Coast Shire on 29 May, and coastal communities across Australia are being encouraged to get involved.

The Green Cross Australia Witness King Tides project will highlight areas and coastal infrastructure vulnerable to king tide flooding.

Council is encouraging the community to register and participate in the project by taking photos of your local coastal areas to capture the potential local impacts of sea level rise. It is best to take photos where the tide can be measured against familiar landmarks, such as buildings, jetties, bridges, roads, seawalls, beach infrastructure or estuary shorelines. A photo of the same location during normal water levels is also useful for comparison. You can then upload your photos to the Witness King Tides Project website, as well as see other peoples’ photos from around Australia.

King tides will occur at approximately 3.50pm in Inverloch and 4.30pm in Corinella. You can also witness the effect of the king tide around an hour earlier the day before and an hour later the day after. As always, please exercise caution when you are exploring our coastlines.

The photos collected for the project can be used to help us prepare and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change.  In fact, the greatest impacts from potential sea level rise are likely to occur during a storm event, which coincides with a king tide as the increased swell, strong winds and precipitation will compound the effects of the high water levels.

Council’s Planning and Environment Director, Hannah Duncan-Jones, said already some areas of the Shire are impacted by overtopping, saline intrusion and the backing up of stormwater pipes during high tides.

“Council is currently undertaking an assessment of the potential risks posed by climate change,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

“Council will engage the community to help develop and prioritise adaptation measures to help all of us prepare for a potential future where sea levels are higher and extreme events such as storms are more frequent than they are today.”

Witness King Tide projects have been established in New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland and are springing up around the world including California, Washington and Canada.  It’s now time for Victoria and Bass Coast to get involved.

To register for the project and to upload your photos, visit www.witnesskingtides.org.