A local partnership needs your help photographing the highest tides of the year in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Sea Grant is partnering with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and Save The Bay to record ongoing flooding from high tide events. They are especially interested in photos capturing the effect of flooding on shoreline homes, business, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.
These areas are increasingly vulnerable to flooding during extreme high tide events, and as sea levels rise due to climate change, extreme tides may become the norm within a few decades.
Photos submitted to Rhode Island Sea Grant will have the chance to be published in the magazine 41°N. The photographer who captures the best photo will receive a prize worth $50, according to organizers.
This spring’s extreme high tide will be most pronounced at approximately 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.
These times are for Newport. Visit NOAA’s Web page on tide predictions (http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml) for specific times for your location, as timing of high tide varies along the coast. (Providence is 17 minutes later; Westerly is 41 minutes later.)
When taking pictures, organizers ask participants to record the location (street and town), time and date, description of what you are seeing and contact information for picture credit and consideration for the prize.
If known, please also include the direction (e.g., “facing north”) the photo was taken. Taking “before and after” shots—that is, showing what an area looks like when it is and is not flooded—are also helpful. And please, be careful! Take precautions to avoid slippery rocks or other hazards.
If you have a Flickr account, photographs may be uploaded to the Flickr group “Rhode Island High Tide 2012” at http://www.flickr.com/groups/ritide2012/. If you do not have a Flickr account, please e-mail pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island Sea Grant has been working in cooperation with the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, Save The Bay and other organizations on issues related to sea level rise and its impact on communities, as well as identifying ways to adapt to its effects.
Pictures will provide important information for local and state planners. For more information, please visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/coast/sealevelrise.html.