King tides, extreme-high tides that occur when the sun and moon align, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters – and a glimpse of what our future may look like as sea levels rise. This holiday season, capture these extreme tides in unforgettable pictures and help us assemble a preview of the world to come.

Photograph a king tide at any of the times and locations shown at (scroll down to the map). Upload your images to the Witness King Tides website,, and/or post them on Twitter and Instagram at #kingtidesWA.

Your photos will join an international online gallery that will help the world visualize the changes coming to its coastal communities. And if you miss this chance, keep your camera handy. Two more King Tide Witness events are coming in January and February 2015!

Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Help Ecology collect photos of highest winter tides along Washington’s shorelines, estuaries and coastal communities by following these steps:

1. Use Ecology’s King Tide Map & Schedule – Winter 2013-2014 to find the time and date of the highest tides in your area. Check out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas to locate a public beach.

2.Take photos during one of the identified high tides in your area. To better illustrate the impacts of the high winter tides, we recommend taking photos in areas where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports, dikes, buildings, roads or other infrastructure. Please do not include people in your photos

3.Add your photos to this group! Watch these great tutorials created by British Columbia to learn how to upload photos to Flickr, how to “geotag” them(identify where the photo was taken using Flickr’s map) and how to add them to a Flickr group.

For more information on king tides and climate change, visit Ecology’s King Tide Website.