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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

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.

Previous Media Coverage:

Winter 2012/2013

December 11, 2012-San Jose Mercury News: Biggest tides of the year set to hit California later this week

December 11, 2012 – Monterey County Herald: Big tides expected this week

December 11, 2012– Newport Beach: ”King Tide” photos sought as coastal warning

November 16, 2012– King Tides spark wave of interest

Winter 2011/2012

February 21, 2012– California officials use King Tides to prepare people to cope with rising sea levels

February 11, 2012   San Francisco Chronicle: Paddling around the Bay a popular ohana activitiy

February 7, 2012 — Foster City: High tides threaten coastal community decades from now

February 7, 2012 — California King Tides Initiative: San Diego’s sinking–let’s take pictures!

February 3, 2012– San Francisco Bay: High tides next week give preview of sea level rise

February 2, 2012–“King Tides” illustrate the vulnerabiliy of California shoreline

February 1, 2012– Santa Barbara: High Tides illustrate the vulnerability of Santa Barbara’s shoreline

January 31, 2011– San Diego: Media invited on coastkeeper’s boat to tour “King Tides” Tuesday, February 7th.

December 22, 2011– ‘King Tides’ are back: where to see (and shoot) them

December 22, 2011– Coastal group urges residents to take photos of upcoming high tides

December 22, 2011– Yuletide king tides

December 19, 2011– High tides illustrate the vulnerability of San Diego’s shoreline