King tides wash over the rocks at Tin Can Bay’s Norman Point in March 2009.
King tides wash over the rocks at Tin Can Bay’s Norman Point in March 2009. Craig Warhurst

King tide photo shoot

KING tides will occur on the Cooloola Coast from Sunday and Rainbow Beach lifesavers are asking readers to help a conservation project by taking photos.

While the biggest tide for summer at Rainbow Beach will be 2.12 metres on February 8 at 8.20am, beachgoers can expect large swells and a very high tide this Monday at Rainbow Beach at 8.13am.

The tide height will be 1cm lower at 2.11m.

If you don't get to the beach during this series of king tides, the highest winter tide will be on May 7 at 9.09pm at 2.26m - the highest tide of the year.

The Witness King Tides project is an initiative of Green Cross Australia to track threats to coastal communities from sea level rises.

Organisers want people to photograph the beach before, during and after the tides hit their highest.

They especially want images in which the effect of the tide can be measured against landmarks such as the Mudlo rocks, campsites and the lifeguard tower.

In most places, Sunday morning would be the best time to take photos, Environment Minister Vicky Darling said, adding that these photos would give the government an opportunity to see what coasts might look like when sea levels rise because of climate changes.

The photos will help identify vulnerable locations and involve the community in monitoring sea level changes.

Once people have finished taking their photos, they can upload them to the new Witness King Tides web portal to share the images and create a visual database.

This will assist with planning for climate adaptation.

King tides are natural phenomena that occur twice a year and are not caused by climate change.

It is known that high tide levels will become far more common as global warming boosts sea levels.

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