The Oregon King Tides Project dates this season are November 24-26, December 22-24, and January 20-22. Each year, CoastWatch co-coordinates the Oregon King Tides Project with the Oregon Coastal Management Program. This participatory science project invites the public to photograph (safely and from a distance) the reach of the highest tides of the year as they rise into community infrastructure and push into dunes and cliffs. The most helpful photos will document one or more of the following impacts:
- Limited beach access (north/south) due to high water
- Cliff and bluff erosion from high water
- Impacts to natural features (dunes, beaches) as well as hard infrastructure such as roads and seawalls
Of particular value are “photo points”—locations where photos are taken with the same angle and perspective as photos taken during previous king tides, revealing change over time.
The project is partnering again with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association for a photo contest. Four categories of photos up for prizes: coastal flooding, coastal erosion, waves, and comparison (average high tide vs. king tide). Check tide tables for peak tides, and take photos as close to the tidal peak as possible.
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