Snap the sea, see the future What could Australia’s coast look like in the future?
What is the Witness King Tides Project?
** ALERT **
King tides will soon occur in South Australia, Victoria, northern Tasmania and Western Australia, beginning on Friday May 24. Check out the map below to see when the tide will peak in your area and head out to take some snaps.
We need coastal communities around Australia to take a photo or two as part of the Witness King Tides project. Your photos of the king tide will build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise for our communities and help track the future impact of climate change.
Sea level rise will impact our coastal communities in the coming years and it is important that Australians are informed and engaged on this issue. Witness King Tides is a fun community photography project that helps us visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise and current risks today.
Having this visual collection of images could help us be better prepared for a future where sea levels are higher than they are today. If we can envisage future change, we can plan and prepare for it now.
2012/13 King Tide times
Zoom in to see the photos on a map
When will it happen?
King tides happen at different times right around the Australian coast and sometimes occur during the night.
The king tide will occur in:
New South Wales and the south and east coasts of Tasmania - 14 December 2012
Queensland - 12 January 2013
Northern Territory - 12, 13 January and 12 February 2013
Western Australia - beginning on 30 March (from the north coast) and moving along the coast to end on the south coast 23 June 2013
South Australia - 25 and 26 May 2013
Victoria - 26 to 30 May 2013
Tasmania (north, west coasts) - 27 May
See the map above to see when the king tide is expected in your area. You can also witness the effect of the king tide at high tide on the day before and after the peak of the King Tide.
Photographers in WA, SA, VIC and North/West TAS: Please note that king tides at some locations on the map occur after dark. Dates and times listed for these locations are as close as possible to the predicted king tide height to enable photographers in those locations a safe alternative to capture the tide during daylight.
Sea levels are rising but compared to our short time here on Earth, it’s happening slowly so documenting the king tides on your slice of coast will be an invaluable contribution to future scientists.
Grab your camera and check out the tide this summer.
Surfers have more to lose than most from rising sea levels. The joy of surfing comes with a responsibility to monitor and care for our coastal environment.
Our coasts, our future. Understanding what sea level rise may mean for coastal communities is everyone's business. If you want to take control of your destiny - have a look at the tide this year.
Witness King Tide will help raise everyone's awareness of just how mobile sea level is on a daily basis, and what the future will look like as sea level keeps rising. The more people are aware the more something might be done about climate change at all levels of society.
I am pleased to be involved with the Witness King Tides project as I have grown up on the Sunshine Coast and have seen first hand the rising sea levels. I hope this project can help monitor our beautiful coastline so that future generations can enjoy.
An estimated four out of five Australians live within 50km of the coast, making it one of the most important areas for the population. Tides and water levels are a very big issue, particularly when superimposed in any storms that may be battering the coast at the time. Get out during the king tide and visualise what our coasts might look like in the future.
Each year around January the time of the Witness King Tides project Far North Queensland faces the threat of cyclones, each year I observe more beach erosion. This year I look forward to getting together with a crew of photographers and like minded people to capture the king tide on 22 January 2012, JOIN US as we capture and create a photographic database of our Queensland coast.
Australia is really just one BIG beach. WKT is truly an exciting opportunity and for you, the family and friends to get out there and be part of the solution and the science. It’s fun and educational, and a chance to witness and record this natural phenomena on the most remarkable coastline in the world.
Townsville is a great place to live, especially because of our beautiful coasts. Our coasts will change in the future and Witness King Tides offers us an opportunity to visualise what those changes will look like. Grab your camera and get snapping!