Coffs Coast Advocate

King tide data to help gauge sea level rise

COFFS Coast residents are being asked to photograph the impact of this Friday's king tide on their stretch of coastline.

Green Cross Australia, an organisation that helps communities adjust to environmental change, will gauge the rise of the king tide across the East Coast as part of research into sea level rise.  

Coffs Harbour residents will see the king tide on local beaches on Friday from 8.30am.

Green Cross Australia CEO Mara Bún said sharing photos allows people to visualise how flooding from rising sea levels will impact our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities in the future.

"The Witness King Tides program will help us to identify and understand the impacts of rising sea levels on our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities," Ms Bún said.

"Through gathering and sharing visual data, we raise awareness around Australia and can adapt for the future.

"Around 85% of the NSW population lives within 50km of the coast, so we are encouraging as many residents as possible to become aware of what to expect in future.

"We're excited to be rolling this campaign out around the whole of Australia this year, with the Queensland pilot program a great success during the last summer king tides.

The Witness King Tides campaign asks coastal communities around Australia to submit images of king tides to raise awareness of the threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels.

Project partners include CSIRO, Australian Coastal Society, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Bleach Festival.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Tasmanian Climate Change Office and numerous coastal and estuarine councils around Australia fund the project.

Although king tides are naturally occurring and not a result of climate change, the bi-annual occurrence provides an insight into the potential impacts of rising sea levels to the Australian coastline.

To get involved go to www.witnesskingtides.org



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