Community members will be trained to act as citizen scientists to 'Snap the Shore, See the Future'

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cindy Knapman, (808) 956-7410
Communications Leader, Sea Grant College Program
Matthew Gonser, (808) 956-2872
Extension Agent, Community Planning and Design, Sea Grant College Program
Posted: Nov 3, 2016

King Tides
King Tides

In Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific Islands, sea-level rise is occurring. While most people are not negatively impacted by the rising seas on a daily basis yet, “king tides,” the highest predicted tides that occur only a few times per year, give us a glimpse into the future and show what will likely be at risk.

According to global projections, which are in line with what people in Hawai‘i can expect, a three-foot rise in sea-level by 2100 is predicted. In Hawai‘i and low-lying islands in the Pacific, this will be particularly devastating and could cause increased coastal flooding and beach loss, damage homes and infrastructure, endanger critical habitat, and impact tourism, a vital part of the state’s economy.

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) is the project lead for this region of the Pacific for the International King Tides Project, “Snap the Shore, See the Future,” which captures and records extreme high tide events on a global scale.

On Monday, November 7, Hawai‘i Sea Grant will train community members on how to participate as citizen scientists and photograph the king tides that occur where they live, work and play.

Media coverage is invited and encouraged.

Citizen Scientist Community Training
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 2016
‘Iolani School, Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership
563 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

The training is free, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please visit:

Cannot make it in person? You may watch live at: Registration is still requested; simply indicate your participation option through the ticket selection.

For more information on our upcoming winter photo survey, please visit:

The upcoming king tides in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands will occur in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on November 15-16; Hawai‘i on November 17-18; American Samoa on December 12-13; and in Guam on December 13-14.

The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program is part of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. It supports an innovative program of research, education and extension services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources of the state, region and nation. Science serving Hawai‘i and the Pacific since 1968.

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