National Geographic: Rising Seas

Check out National Geographic’s September issue on sea level rise! The article discusses the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy; like damage to the east coast during Sandy, damage to buildings and roads in California is more likely to happen when high tides and storms conincide.

By Tim Folger

photgraphs by George Steinmetz

By the time Hurricane Sandy veered toward the Northeast coast of the United States last October 29, it had mauled several countries in the Caribbean and left dozens dead. Faced with the largest storm ever spawned over the Atlantic, New York and other cities ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas. Not everyone complied. Those who chose to ride out Sandy got a preview of the future, in which a warmer world will lead to inexorably rising seas.

Photograph by Stephen Wilkes Superstorm Sandy narrowed New Jersey’s beaches by more than 30 feet on average. At Seaside Heights it swept away the pier under the roller coaster.

Photograph by Stephen Wilkes
Superstorm Sandy narrowed New Jersey’s beaches by more than 30 feet on average. At Seaside Heights it swept away the pier under the roller coaster.

Brandon d’Leo, a 43-year-old sculptor and surfer, lives on the Rockaway Peninsula, a narrow, densely populated, 11-mile-long sandy strip that juts from the western end of Long Island. Like many of his neighbors, d’Leo had remained at home through Hurricane Irene the year before. “When they told us the tidal surge from this storm would be worse, I wasn’t afraid,” he says. That would soon change.

D’Leo rents a second-floor apartment in a three-story house across the street from the beach on the peninsula’s southern shore. At about 3:30 in the afternoon he went outside. Waves were crashing against the five-and-a-half-mile-long boardwalk. “Water had already begun to breach the boardwalk,” he says. “I thought, Wow, we still have four and a half hours until high tide. In ten minutes the water probably came ten feet closer to the street.”

Back in his apartment, d’Leo and a neighbor, Davina Grincevicius, watched the sea as wind-driven rain pelted the sliding glass door of his living room. His landlord, fearing the house might flood, had shut off the electricity. As darkness fell, Grincevicius saw something alarming. “I think the boardwalk just moved,” she said. Within minutes another surge of water lifted the boardwalk again. It began to snap apart.

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King Tides Around the World: Oregon

During the course of the summer, we will feature King Tides photos taken as part of initiatives in other parts of the US and the world. Today, we’re featuring photos from Oregon. Enjoy!

Coquille River North Jetty, OR. Photo Credit: Barbara

Coquille River North Jetty, OR. Photo Credit: Barbara

Trail wash-out at Hatfield Marine Science Center, OR. Photo Credit: G. Arnold

Trail wash-out at Hatfield Marine Science Center, OR. Photo Credit: G. Arnold

King Tides Around the World: Maryland

During the course of the summer, we will feature King Tides photos taken as part of initiatives in other parts of the US and the world. Today, we’re featuring photos from Maryland, where the King Tides occur in the Spring. Enjoy!

Dock in Annapolis, MD. Photo Credit: Amy McGovern

Chestertown, MD. Photo Credit:Jim Thompson

Chestertown, MD. Photo Credit: Jim Thompson

King Tides at Nightlife

Nightlife Flyer

Come visit the California King Tides Initiative table at CalAcademy’s Nightlife in San Francisco tomorrow! We’ll have new photos from this past season and an interactive map to find photos that interest you.

Remember, this event is for ages 21+ and tickets are $12 ($10 for CalAcademy members). To learn more about nightlife, click on the brochure image to the right.

 

King Tides Around the World: Washington

During the course of the summer, we will feature King Tides photos taken as part of initiatives in other parts of the US and the world. Today, we’re featuring photos from Washington State. Enjoy!

Constellation State Park, WA. Photo Credit: Lindsay

Constellation State Park, WA. Photo Credit: Lindsay

Alki Beach, West Seattle, WA. Photo Credit: Devynthecorgi

Alki Beach, West Seattle, WA. Photo Credit: Lindsay

King Tides Around the World: Australia

During the course of the summer, we will feature King Tides photos taken as part of initiatives in other parts of the world. Today, we’re featuring photos from Australia. Enjoy!

Austinmer Beach, Wollongong AU, LT, Ray Laine

Austinmer Beach at Low Tide. Photo Credit: Ray Laine

Austinmer Beach at High Tide. Photo Credit: Richard Lawless

Austinmer Beach at High Tide. Photo Credit: Richard Lawless

Thursday Island, Engineer's Wharf at High Tide. Photo Credit: Pippa Daines

Engineer’s Wharf on Thursday Island at High Tide. Photo Credit: Pippa Daines