Group Projects

2 or more people…

Researchers and decision makers come together at a CTP workshop

Pick a couple of locations nearby to each other. Pack a lunch and make it a day trip. Keep track of where and what order on your camera each photo was taken as you go from site to site. Don’t forget to upload and tag them on flickr.


Pick a couple locations that have other activities going on. A good place to start would be China Camp or Rush Ranch. Both of these National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) sites have professionally led nature walks throughout the week as well as a visitor’s center. Pack a lunch, family, friends and the camera. Go hike and take some pictures while also learning about these beautiful protected areas and the wildlife they hold. Other locations near recreational parks such as the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the San Francisco Bay are also good places to go play for the day.

School groups

Combine science class with some fun photography!

  1. Interactive science project:Students sifting through a sediment sampleDevelop a short-term, hands-on project within your science curriculum that matches up with the winter king tide. Pick a monitoring location(s) to observe and take pictures before, during and after the king tides. Have your students observe the surrounding area, take notes on the physical environment, its condition, the wildlife within it etc. Have them draw or take pictures depending on your camera availability of the coast, tides, plants and wildlife. Have them present their findings to the class in a cool way (i.e. poster, song, lab report, powerpoint). You can also send us pictures and videos of the student presentations to add to our website. Don’t forget to upload the pictures to taken with their proper tag name to flikr!
  1. Long-term monitor:
    Become a long-term monitoring school participant! Incorporate a king tides science project into the annual curriculum and adopt a location that your students will visit year after year. Let us know what site you want to monitor and we will make sure you get updates on tidal times and heights for your location each year.2012 REU students outside the Romberg Tiburon Center
  2. Combo:
    Combine the two! Develop an interactive science project AND be a long-term monitor. Projects can range from tides, to wildlife, to ecosystem, to climate change. Put a different spin on the project each year, but still have your kids take pictures of the monitoring location and contribute to the data collection. 

Why Participate?

Many different people can use our assemblage of photos in many different ways and your participation can help to fill in knowledge gaps and raise awareness of the issues surrounding sea level rise.

Coastal Planners/managers

2012 King Tides Sausalito, CA

Visual aids demonstrate the way our daily tides may look in the future due to sea level rise as well as the existing vulnerabilities connected with extreme high tides and coastal flooding.

  • Documentation of pictures can show a “living record of change” over the course of ays, weeks, months, and year’s as well as help in the planning and preparing for different weather events.

Decision-makers (i.e. state and local policymakers)

KEYT in Santa Barbara covering 2012 King Tides w/Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Highlights the legitimacy for discussions about activities, development, access, and conservation efforts occurring along the coast.

  • Visual aids can be used to support or challenge a proposal or idea.
  • Brings to the table two important perspectives: public and science


Romberg Tiburon Center Laboratory

Supports research, projects, and/or grant proposal with quality data.

  • Visual aids provide context to research and tell the data’s story with more than just numbers.
  • Covers a much broader spatial and temporal scale that would otherwise be impractical for individual scientists to investigate [1].

The Public

Kayaker enjoying the Humboldt Bay Liscom Slough @ Jackson Ranch Road, Arcata

Gets you connected to the science.

  • Teaches you more about your environment, the powerful forces within it and how it is changing.
  • Directly contributes to important research being done now.
  • Gets you outside and to see something cool!