Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project >> How to Participate
- About the Project
- What is a King Tide?
- How to Participate
- Video Tutorials and Resources
- Explore Photos and Data
How to Participate
To submit a photo and explore past data entries please visit our Hawai’i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project web platform. You can submit photos, your personal observations of king tides impacts, date, time, location, and any ideas you have to adapt and be resilient to sea-level rise in places that are important to you.
Before you go – Plan Your Photo Trip!
When should I take photos of King Tides?
To find dates for our next King Tide photo surveys and what time you should head out to take a photo please head HERE. The peak of the high tide is the best time to take photos because that is when water levels are highest. Depending our your photo location the time for high tide can vary. Canʻt find your location on our tide tables? Learn how to use tide gauge data from the National Ocean Service and NOAA CO-OPS to know when to go out and take your pictures by watching this video tutorial.
Where should I take photos of King Tides?
We are interested in any and all locations that show King Tides along coastlines. Many of our citizen scientist have fished, surfed, swam, paddled, and lived along our coastlines for many years, many decades, or many generations. This place based knowledge or local knowledge that we collectively possess is one of the strongest assets of our project. Together we have a collective understanding of changes in water level over time that is large and powerful. Your own understanding of the coastlines and beaches that are special and important to you can help us better understand how King Tides differ from average water levels of the past.
Another great tool that you can utilize to decide where to take photos is NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer. The Sea Level Rise Viewer is a tool that enables users to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise. Users can select different sea level rise scenarios (0-6 feet), and the maps can be viewed at several different scales. Areas that show flooding in the tool might be interesting locations to photograph during the King Tides photo survey.
The shoreline is a dynamic environment. Always reduce risk to yourself and others when capturing high water photos. Be aware of your surroundings (e.g., wind, waves, edges, steps) and observe your location and routes before heading out. Avoid locations that require climbing on rocks, walls, or other structures. Ensure you access sites via public access points. Use extra caution during Winter King Tides which may be in the early morning hours. Dress appropriately (you may get wet!), but most of all, have fun!