King tides leaving their mark
There’s no denying sea levels are on the rise. Like it or not our coastlines are changing and will continue to do so for decades to come. While we wont be around to see it, the next generation of Aucklanders will.
In partnership with the Waitemata Local Board and King Tides Auckland, a new sea level marker has been installed at the Tidal Steps in Karanga Plaza, to highlight the potential impacts of climate change on our coastlines.
The marker shows the rise of the tides from 1918 to today and the predicted rise from today through to 2120. Most importantly the marker shows two different scenarios; one shows the sea level rise if we reduce global emissions and the other shows what the tides will be like if we do nothing.
King Tides Auckland
King Tides Auckland is part of the Global King Tides initiative working together to collect and share information on sea level change and its potential impacts. This exciting community initiative encourages people from around the Auckland region to visit and photograph the highest tides (known as King Tides) that naturally occur along our coastline each year.
What’s a king tide?
The term “King Tide” is a common term for the highest tides that occur over the course of the year. These especially high tides eventuate when a new or full moon occurs at the same time as the moon is at its closest to the earth.
Source: King Tides Auckland
The next king tide is due on Saturday, 3 August 2019.