HIGH WATER: Whitsunday photographer Toby Kroner sent in this picture of a high tide at port of Airlie, taken over the Christmas break.
HIGH WATER: Whitsunday photographer Toby Kroner sent in this picture of a high tide at port of Airlie, taken over the Christmas break.

Witness king tides through lens

WHITSUNDAY residents are being encouraged to photograph this year's king tides as part of an initiative by the national envirnonmental and humanitarian agency Green Cross Australia, called 'Witness King Tides'.

Chief Executive of Green Cross Australia Mara Bún, said taking photos of sea levels could better prepare us for a future where sea levels are higher than those of today.

"Witness King Tides is about gathering visual data to prepare ourselves for the future, while at the same time connecting people to the coast and the environmental issues at hand," she said.

"Given that 85 per cent of Queensland's population lives within 50km of the coast, it is vital that we know what to expect in the coming years."

The project has been designed to encourage Queenslanders living near the coast to go out and see firsthand the potential effects of rising sea levels, and then to share their images online via the Witness King Tides portal.

Whitsunday residents can witness the next king tide of 4.07metres at Shute Harbour on Sunday January 22 at 10.09am. Participants can upload photographs to the web portal at www.witnesskingtides.org, which also features information on 2012 summer king tide events and tips for taking photographs.


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