Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.46.17 PMThe California King Tides Project Winter season is in full swing! Our December tides saw dramatic and beautiful images from across the state. The California King Tides Project was launched in the winter of 2010/2011 by a partnership of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. As a successful pilot effort, the King Tides Project created a rich and diverse archive of photographs that highlight the changes in California’s shoreline communities and ecosystems.

During January and February of 2015, some of the years highest tides will hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what we can expect as sea levels rise. Burning fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and gas,are causing a heat trapping blanket to form around the Earth. These heat trapping gasses are warming up the planet, leading to melting ice caps and rising waters in the Ocean and San Francisco Bay. We all contribute to this problem by burning fossil fuels and we can all be a part of the solution. One way of helping is to participate in the California King Tides Project, now in its fifth season.

We are asking citizen scientists, like you, to collect images of the highest tides  of the  year to help researchers and public officials understand the way coastal flooding impacts communities today and in the future. Head over to the website, Facebook or Flickr page to find out more! And take a moment to listen to the podcast featuring Sara Aminzadeh of the California Coastkeeper Alliance below to learn more and get inspired.

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