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Catch a Tide!  Participate in the King Tide Photo Initiative

Around the world, people are taking part in the King Tide Photo Initiative.  Please join us by taking and sharing photographs of this winter’s especially high tides.  Need more information?  Check out the Oregon King Tide website or click here to download the 2012 King Tide poster!

What is the King Tide Photo Initiative?

The King Tide Photo Initiative is an international project designed to involve volunteers in documenting areas inundated by the highest tides that occur each year. These highest high tides are often called “king tides.”   King tides are normally occurring events caused by predictable astronomical factors that result in tides that are higher than most high tides.  Areas affected by these king tides are susceptible to higher water levels from increased wave heights, winter storms and changes in sea levels. Two community groups, the CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Surfrider, are stepping up this year to support making Oregon’s participation in the King Tide Photo Initiative a tradition.

When will these tides occur?

The projected highest tides this winter on Oregon’s coast:

November 13-15th, 2012

December 12-14th, 2012

January 10-12th, 2013


How do I take part?

Go to the Oregon King Tide website to find everything you need to participate in this initiative!  Just Pick a place, Click a photo and Share it on Flickr. 

What makes a good king tide photo?          

  • Photos that show waters levels adjacent to a fixed feature like a piling, seawall or bridge abutment.  Including fixed features will allow actual water levels to be documented and tracked over time. 
  • Photos also must include the location, date and time the photo was taken, and the viewer’s direction for each picture. 
  • Two photos taken from the same spot, one during the king tide and the other at a typical high tide, are also very effective in highlighting these high water events.

Pass it On!

We want to get as many people as we can up and down the coast to upload photographs of this winter’s king tide.  Please share the attached poster or forward this invitation to friends and colleagues.

Get More Involved!

Oregon’s King Tide website and Flickr sites are maintained by the Oregon Coastal Management Program. If your organization is interested in partnering with us, please contact Cinamon Moffett.


If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact


Cinamon Moffett | NOAA Coastal Fellow

Ocean Coastal Division

Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development

810 SW Alder Street, Unit B | Newport, OR 97365

Office: (541) 574-4514 | Cell: (503) 269-2040 | Fax: (541) 574-4514 |