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Media Advisory: “King Tides” Illustrate Vulnerability of California Shoreline to Sea Level Rise

Next Monday, some of the year’s highest tides will hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea-level rises. Ultra-high or “king tides” will occur December 30-January 2 and January 29-31. The California King Tides Initiative, now in its fourth season, encourages the public to view and photograph ultra-high tides and add to a growing collection at Initiative organizers aim to help the public envision how California may be affected by sea-level rise (National Academy of Sciences projects one foot of sea-level rise by 2050).

“Many of our beaches, trails, wetlands, roadways, and critical infrastructure become flooded during king tides, illustrating the severity and scope of potential sea-level rise impacts. Significant economic impacts underscore the need to start planning for sea level rise in California now,” says Susan Hansch, Chief Deputy Director at the California Coastal Commission, an Initiative organizer. The Commission is inviting the public to provide input on its recently released Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy. The document is designed to assist local planners and others in addressing sea-level rise in Commission planning efforts. More information is available at

Interested media should contact Hilary Papendick at the California Coastal Commission at (415) 686-8061, or Sara Aminzadeh at the California Coastkeeper Alliance at (415) 794-8422.

King Tide at Inverness on Tomales Bay. Photo Credit: Richard James

Below is some of the media coverage for the California King Tides Initiative. If you are interested in more information, check out our report on the Winter 2010/2011 Initiative, which can be accessed here.