King Tides provide a glimpse into what future sea level rise (SLR) might look like and improve our understanding of future coastal impacts. By better understanding future SLR, local municipalities can better plan to protect critical public infrastructure (roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, etc.) that may be in harm’s way and require adaptation planning. Climate change adaptation is an inevitable part of our future.
“You can see things so much better from the air,” says Mike Harrington of the valuable perspective the flight brought to his understanding of his community and coastline. “I was the lucky one who got to go up with a volunteer pilot and photograph low lying neighborhoods and coastal bluffs. The views from the air show the threats dramatically and with projected sea level rise this will only get worse.”
The Oregon flight was part of a national partnership between Surfrider Foundation and LightHawk. “We took the opportunity to view King Tides from the air in order to better understand future impacts of sea level rise and to motivate local municipalities to proactively protect our shorelines and coastal communities. It is imperative that local communities work together to preemptively turn the tide now to avoid the loss of beaches, homes, communities, public access, recreation and ecosystems. Once these unique and special areas are gone, they’re gone for good.” Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, Surfrider Foundation Coastal Preservation Manager.
Below are some additional highlights from the flight but be sure and check out our Flickr album for all of the photos.