Snap the sea, see the future What could Australia’s coast look like in the future?
What is the Witness King Tides Project?
Witness King Tides is a fun community photography project that helps us visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise.
Witness King Tides asks coastal communities around Australia to head out and snap pics of the coast when king tides hit. These photos capture what our communities may look like in the future, as global sea levels rise. Together, these images build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise across Australia and help track the future impact of climate change.
- THIS NEW YEAR MAKE A RESOLUTION TO LOVE YOUR COAST! -
Join Tide Trackers from across Australia's eastern coast on
Thursday 2 January 2014 to
photograph our next king tide set to hit Hobart and Australia's
• Queensland between 9:00am and 10:00am
• New South Wales between 9:00am and 10:00am
• Victoria between 1:00pm and 3:00pm
• Southern Tasmania between 9:00am and 10:00am
• Northern Tasmania between 12:00pm and 1:00pm
For exact tide times near you, check the map below.
Then, upload your images to our website and help build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise. If you can't make it out on the day of the king tide, you can also capture images during high tide the day before and after, when the tide height will be similar.
2014 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 next king tide is set to hit Hobart and Australia's eastern states on Thursday 2 January 2014, so if you're in Tas be sure to join other Tide Trackers to photograph the king tide set to hit Hobart!
Check the map to see when the tide will peak near you. If the date for your location has already passed, check back soon. Remember, 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.
Be sure to stay in touch by registering to participate. We'll send you a reminder email before king tides and keep you up to date with all the latest Tide Tracker news!
Since 2012, over 4,500 photos have been uploaded through this initiative from the Torres Strait all the way down to Hobart, then across South Australia and back to Perth and Darwin!
The IPCC's recent report concludes that earth's atmosphere and
ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea
level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have
increased. Global mean sea level will continue to rise during the
The Witness King Tides project is raising awareness about what that means at a very local level around Australia, so that coastal communities can become engaged with and participate in how we respond.
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!