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What is a king tide?

A king tide is an especially high tide that occurs when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon reinforce one another. This extra-high tide happens twice a year at the times when the moon is closest to the earth. For more information about king tides, visit

In Barnegat Bay, the greatest fluctuation in tide levels occurs near the inlets. For example, the king tide is predicted to be approximately a half foot higher than normal close to the Barnegat inlet. In other areas further from the inlets, the king tide may be just one or two inches higher than normal. Even these smaller increases can lead to local flooding.

When is the next king tide for Barnegat Bay?

The next king tide will occur on Sunday, JUNE 23 and Monday, JUNE 24, 2013.

What is the Barnegat Bay King Tide Photo Initiative?

The Barnegat Bay King Tide Photo Initiative will help document water levels during king tide events for Barnegat Bay. Anyone can share their photos of water levels during a king tide.

Why should we document the king tides with photos?

King tides provide a preview of the effects of sea level rise on coastal areas. According to predictions of sea level rise, the king tides of today will be the average tide levels of the future.

Recent studies project that global sea level will rise three to five feet by 2100. These new projections, combined with observed trends, suggest that king tide levels will become everyday high water levels by the 2030s, 40s, or 50s.

The photos will be used to help policymakers, planners, and property owners visualize the projected flooding impacts from rising sea levels and plan for the future. They will also help to identify coastal areas currently vulnerable to tidal flooding.

How do I participate?

You should take "normal tide" and "king tide" photos of areas known to flood and/or of areas where the high water level can be easily seen against structures, such as bridge supports, roads, bulkheads, and docks. "Normal tide" photos should show average high water levels (these can be taken during any average high tide, either before or after the king tide), while the "king tide" photos should show the king tide levels for the same location.

To determine when the highest tide is predicted for your specific location during the king tide on June 23 or 24, check NOAA's tide tables at

What information should I submit with my photos?

Please read the group rules for details. The information should include:
1. a description of the photo location -- a GPS position, if possible, and/or address;
2. photo orientation (direction you are facing when taking the photo);
3. the date and time of day the photo was taken.

After adding your photos to the group, we request that you "Add this photo to your map" so that we will be able to document the photo locations on a map of the region.

If adding licensing to your photos, we recommend that you select the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. This license will allow us to use your photography in presentations and publications and on websites and social media.

For more information about the Barnegat Bay King Tide Photo Initiative, visit Barnegat Bay Partnership's website at , or contact:
Karen Walzer, Public Outreach Coordinator
phone: 732-914-8110

Group Rules

1. Join this Flickr group.

2. When taking photos:
- Please be careful during high water and/or stormy conditions.
- Make sure your camera is set to the correct DATE and TIME.
- Turn on the camera's GPS if it has one (all king tide photos should be referenced to geographic locations).

3. Upload photos to your Flickr Photostream.
- Add descriptions to your photos and make sure to note: DATE AND TIME TAKEN, and GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION, and the ORIENTATION (which direction the camera was facing).

- Please TAG your photos as appropriate. We suggest "Barnegat Bay King Tide June 2013" and/or the specific bay location of the photos.

4. We will use photos submitted to this group according to the"Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License."
This will allow us to use your photography in presentations and publications and on websites and social media.

5. Add the photos to the group.

6. IMPORTANT: Be sure to ADD THE PHOTO TO YOUR MAP after you add it to the group. To do that, click on your photo and then "Add this photo to your map." Look for your photo location on the map, drag your photo icon to the location ,and save the location. This will GEO-TAG your photo.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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