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Posted on: January 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Learn More About King Tides & Help Us Photo-Document the Upcoming King Tide Events

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The City of Arcata invites the community to a special event coinciding with the King Tide event occurring on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9.

All are invited to join City staff and Humboldt State University’s Department of Oceanography at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center for “Science at the Marsh” on Sunday, February 9 from 9:45 to 11 AM.

At this event, Dr. Jeff Abell, Dr. Tamara Barriquand and Dan O’Shea will discuss climate change and other local and global effects of rising sea levels, as well as how short term and geological scale phenomena interact to affect the community. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the mechanics of tides, including King Tides and how they demonstrate what “normal” sea levels could look like in the future. Participants will also have the opportunity to photo-document the King Tides as they are approaching their peak at approximately 12:06 PM.

The City continues to seek community assistance with photo-documenting water levels on Arcata Bay and in local creeks and streams during the King Tide events occurring Friday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9.

Photographs of these tidal events can be uploaded to the City’s King Tide Community Observation GIS Story Map, which can be found here with a King Tide Guide and tips for mobile documentation of tide levels.

Photographs will also be accepted by email at When emailing, community members are encouraged to designate the photograph location.

123 images of the King Tide events that occurred in January of this year have been received, and the City would like to thank those who have participated in helping staff prepare for sea level rise.

“Science at the Marsh” is free and open to the public and will take place at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, located at 569 South G Street in Arcata. For more information about this event, please call 707-825-2168, and for more information about King Tides in Arcata, please  click here.

A King Tide Guide map of the King Tide observation sites in Arcata can be found below, and a printable version can be found here.

On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, numbered stakes will be placed at the observation locations for easy identification, and flags and pens to mark the observation date and time will be provided at each site. Maps and additional information will be available at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary’s Interpretive Center and the Community Development Department office, located at 736 F Street in Arcata.

All community photographs of the King Tide events from Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9 at any location in Arcata are welcome.

For more information about the California Coastal Commission’s King Tides Project and King Tide events statewide, please click here.

King Tide Guide 2020

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