Webinar on Tides, Shore | Community

Sea levels are rising, storm surges are rising, and the King Tides project for winter 2021-2022 kicks off on November 5. An upcoming webinar sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and the Oregon Coastal Management Program will discuss these threats to the coastline and how we can respond to them.

The event is both an end and a beginning. Oregon Shores arrives at the end of the group’s 50th anniversary year, during which it sponsored national expert conferences on the future of the coast and the ocean. The Psaros Lecture is part of this series, but also kicks off this winter’s edition of the King Tides Project, through which volunteer photographers retrace the reach of the highest tides of the year. This will be the 12th winter in which Oregon Shores and the Coastal Management Program have organized the Oregon branch of this international citizen science effort.

Marina Psaros is one of the founders of the King Tides Global Project, and still helps organize the California branch of this global effort to document sea level rise and preview future shorelines. She has led climate action programs in public, private and non-profit organizations for over a decade. She runs YESS (Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science), which enables high school students to directly engage in solutions to climate change in their own communities.

Most recently, she co-wrote (with Christina Conklin) “The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis”.

Speaking informally in a ‘fireside chat’ format and answering questions, Psaros will describe the origins of the King Tides project and provide insight into how the project is unfolding around the world. She will then look at the growing impacts of sea level rise and other climate change on the world’s coasts, and what this could mean for the West Coast. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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