Watch out for king tides.
Watch out for king tides. Richard Gates

King tides data for the future

SHUTTER BUGS in coastal communities are being encouraged to photograph king tides this summer.

Green Cross Australia and Surf Life Saving Queenland want people to take photos of the higher sea levels during the season as part of the Witness King Tides - an initiative to better prepare Queensland for a future where sea levels will be higher than they are today.

Green Cross Australia chief executive officer Mara Bun said taking photos of sea levels could reveal what coasts would look like in the future.

"Witness King Tides is about gathering visual data to prepare ourselves for the future, while at the same time connecting people to the coast and the environmental issues at hand," Ms Bun said.

"Given that 85% of Queensland's population lives within 50 kilometres of the coast, it is vital we know what to expect in coming years."

The project has been designed to encourage Queenslanders living near the coast to see first hand the potential effects of rising sea levels, and then to share their images online via the Witness King Tides portal.

"Climate change and extreme weather events pose a potential threat to our surf life saving clubs and services and we are encouraging our clubs to take part in taking photos, said George Hill, chief operations officer of Surf Life Saving Queensland.

"Projections of change in climate signify that erosion and inundation will be important issues," he said.

Ms Bun said recent studies had found rising sea levels were being considered a significant contributing factor to changes in future lifestyles.

"This project will help generate awareness about sea level rise, while creating a visual record of areas that may be impacted," she said.

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