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December 6, 2012

Marylanders Asked to Snap and Share High Tide Photos

by Martha

Flooding in the streets of Chestertown, Md.
Photo By: Jim Thompson

Maryland is set experience some of the season’s highest tides December 12 through 15 and the CoastSmart Communities program is asking for citizens’ help in documenting the tides by taking pictures of high water and flooding around their neighborhoods and submitting them here. King Tides as they are often called, give researchers a potential look at what future sea level rise may look like.

These photographs will be used in educational and outreach materials to build awareness on how coastal flooding affects Maryland’s shoreline. Building a photo library will help researchers understand how floods are impacting area schools, homes, harbors, beaches, public access points and other public infrastructure. CoastSmart will then use this information to create a plan for communities that may experience coastal hazards and increased flooding in the future.

King Tides are not sea level rise and are not related to climate change. If the State and its citizens do not take action however, these tides show what communities could experience as a result of future sea level rise. As sea levels continue to rise, these areas will become more at-risk to the impacts of storm surge, flooding and other coastal hazards, such as Hurricane Sandy. An Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on King Tides is available here.

For more for more information on the Maryland King Tides Initiative, including a chart showing when and where tides will be highest and instructions on how to submit a photo, participants should visit dnr.state.md.us/coastsmart/king_tide.asp.  To check out the photo submissions, citizens may visit www.flickr.com/groups/MarylandKingTides.

Those with questions or comments may contact Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ CoastSmart Communities Planner, Kate Skaggs, at 410-260-8743 or kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us.

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