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June 18, 2013

Marylanders Asked to Snap and Share High Tide Photos

by Martha
Annapolis City Dock

Annapolis City Dock

With Maryland set to experience the highest tides of the summer June 22 through 25, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking residents in coastal areas to take pictures of the resulting high waters and flooding and submit them here. King Tides as they are often called, give planners a look at what potential 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 planners understand how floods are impacting area schools, homes, harbors, beaches, public access points and other public infrastructure. DNR Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) will also use this information to help vulnerable communities that may experience coastal hazards and increased flooding in the future.

King Tides are natural, predictable tides and are not related to sea level rise or climate change. As waters continue to rise, coastal areas will become more at-risk to the impacts of storm surges, flooding and other coastal hazards. To learn more about King Tides, check out the EPA factsheet here.

“Climate change is expected to increase the number of extreme storm events to the point where the floods of today become tomorrow’s high tides,” said DNR CoastSmart Communities Planner Kate Skaggs. “If the State and its citizens do not adapt however, areas that do see flooding from the King Tides could be an example of what communities may experience as a result of future sea level rise.”

CCS is also working to provide vulnerable coastal communities with financial and technical assistance through the CoastSmart Communities Initiative to develop plans and policies that better prepare them for the impacts of and recovery from future storm events, shoreline changes and sea level rise. The next request for proposals will be released in late November 2013.

For more for more information on the Maryland King Tides Photo 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 view the photo submissions, visit www.flickr.com/groups/MarylandKingTides.

Those with questions or comments may contact Skaggs at 410-260-8743 or kskaggs@dnr.state.md.us.

 

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