Photograph the king tides to highlight flood risk

Seagrass is left behind on the boardwalk after the high tide in December at Great Sandy Straits Marina.
Seagrass is left behind on the boardwalk after the high tide in December at Great Sandy Straits Marina. Alistair Brightman

FRASER Coast residents are being asked to photograph and upload images of this summer's king tides to highlight areas and coastal infrastructure vulnerable to king tide flooding.

The photographs will be used in the Witness King Tides community project, an interactive event co-ordinated by Green Cross Australia that aims to raise awareness about sea-level rise.

"King tides give us an opportunity to see what our coasts might look like in the future under conditions of sea-level rise due to climate change," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

The next king tide on the Fraser Coast will occur on January 12.

Councillor for Waterways and Coastal Infrastructure Phil Truscott said taking photos of areas affected by king tides was a great way of identifying vulnerable locations.

"What's more it gets the community involved in helping monitor sea level change," he said.

The Witness King Tide event builds on a pilot project run by Green Cross Australia in Queensland earlier this year, where more than 1600 photos were shared to create a photographic mosaic of the coastline.

Participants can upload their photographs to the Witness King Tides web portal to share images and create a visual database to assist with future planning for climate adaptation.

Mara Bun, chief executive of Green Cross Australia, said the project was designed to get communities to record high sea levels at their local beach, wetland, inlet or mudflat.

"The website tells people about the summer king tide events, outlines the best spots along the coast to see the impact and gives advice for taking great photos to upload and share," she said.

"Witness King Tide projects have also run in California, Canada and New South Wales with great success.

"It's now time for all of Australia to get involved."

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