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Seasonal high tides occurring within the San Diego Bay and along the coast on January 19th and 20th and February 16th to 18th will provide a preview of what residents might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. We invite you to participate in the “King Tide” photo initiative. This is the first year for the initiative in San Diego. Its objectives are to:

1. Identify and catalog coastal areas currently vulnerable to tidal inundation; and
2. Gather compelling graphics and pictures, so we can promote awareness of the specific potential impacts of sea level rise on the region to support climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This initiative is part of a West Coast partnership with Washington State (website, flickr), San Francisco National Estuarine Research Reserve (website, flickr),and others in Oregon and British Columbia (website, flickr).


You are invited to share photographs of areas that are known to flood and erode and / or areas where the high water levels can be gauged against sea walls, jetties, bridge supports, dikes, buildings or other coastal infrastructure around the San Diego Bay and Coastal San Diego. Members of the public who photograph these high tide events along beaches, roads, parks and estuaries are invited to submit their images to this Flickr site maintained by the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The NERR and its partners are interested in using the images to document the coastal impacts San Diego residents are likely to face with increasing frequency as sea level continues to rise. "Before and after" pictures showing average water levels and the extreme high water levels for the same location will be particularly useful.

Locations in San Diego will focus on San Diego Bay and include spots throughout the county. San Diego’s key areas to capture the king tides are in San Diego Bay, Oceanside Beach, San Elijo Lagoon, Del Mar Dog Beach/San Dieguito Lagoon Entrance, Torrey Pines (at the beach strand where Penasquitos enters the ocean), La Jolla Shores, and Mission Beach.

Submission details: Please include your contact information and geographically reference the photos with specific locations (GPS position, if possible), orientation, date and time of day. Consider what kind of licensing to add to your photos. We suggest the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. This license will allow us to feature your photography in presentations, websites, publications, etc.

Be sure to read and agree to our Group Rules


High-tide events will vary by location around San Diego. NOAA provides detailed information on tide heights and timing, although these can vary significantly depending on weather conditions. Visit NOAA’s tide prediction website for complete information on upcoming high-tide events around the state. The National Weather Service provides local weather conditions.


The photographs and associated information will be used to create a map that will catalog coastal areas that are currently affected by extreme water levels. A report containing a selection of the submissions will be available after the event. Photos may be used in presentations, websites and publications on sea level rise impacts, coastal initiatives and climate action.


Increases in global sea levels have been recorded by NOAA tide gauges for many years, and more recent observations have been collected by NASA satellites. The steady rise has been attributed to both a warming of the oceans and contributions from melting glaciers and land-based ice sheets. The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study explored what the San Diego region will be like in the year 2050 if current trends continue. More than 40 multi-disciplinary experts from regional universities, local governments, public sector agencies, nonprofits, and private sector organizations contributed to this research. Analyses show that increases in sea level in San Diego could be 12-18 inches by 2050.

Understanding the future impacts from sea level rise and creating tools and information to assist local governments and California citizens is a priority for federal and state partners as well as local partners including the San Diego Foundation, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, San Diego Coastkeeper, Surfrider San Diego Chapter, and the Tijuana River NERR. Information on the San Diego Foundation’s Climate Work.


E-mail Kristen Goodrich, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at kgoodrich@parks.ca.gov

Find TRNERR on the web at www.trnerr.org/

Additional Info

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