Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Witness King Tides
If you have an interest in photography and the environment, then this is for you.
Green Cross Australia, an affiliate of Green Cross International (founded by former President Mikhail Gorbachev), is asking people along the Queensland coast to take photographs of king tides. The next king tides will occur from January 19th to 22nd, 2012. Sunday morning is the best time to take photos in most locations, including Brisbane.
King tides are higher than usual tides that occur naturally twice a year and are predicted in the tide book.
What Will The Queensland Coast Look Like In The Future?
This is the question posed by Green Cross. Although king tides are not caused by climate change, they can show us what our coastlines might look like in the future as sea levels rise due to climate change.
Sea levels are predicted to rise by between 18-79 cm or more this century, as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to CSIRO, within the next fifty years, king tides could be occurring every month instead of twice a year.
Green Cross wants to create a photographic database, that will allow communities to plan and prepare for a future with higher sea levels.
You can take part by registering online here. Next, find out when the king tide will hit your area so that you can capture the occurrence with your camera. Then, upload your photographs on the Green Cross website.
Green Cross' tip for taking photos of the king tide is this: photographs are best when taken where the impact of the tide can be gauged against familiar landmarks like buildings, jetties, bridges, and roads.