May 24, 2021
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch
King Tide Photo Contest, Barnegat Light-weight (Image by Vanessa Dornisch)
Contacting all citizen experts! The maximum tides of 2021 are hitting the New Jersey coastline this month, and Jacques Cousteau Nationwide Estuarine Research Reserve staff are asking inhabitants to aid document the flooding. A King Tide Picture Contest runs this week, with the opportunity to gain prizes and be highlighted on the JCNERR’s social media and web site.
King Tides, the reserve points out, “occur when a new or entire moon coincides with the moon getting at its closest point to earth in its orbit. This will happen throughout the complete moon on May 26, producing exceptionally higher tides from Might 24-29.”
These tides cause flooding that “represents a preview of how and exactly where sea stage increase will affect nearby landscapes,” the JCNERR provides. “Documenting present-day flood impacts assists approach for the potential and ground-truth nearby sea stage increase types.”
To take part, choose pictures at significant tide to seize the most extreme flooding. Test a neighborhood tide chart or visit mycoast.org/nj/tides for significant tide times.
Submit pictures of flooding May possibly 24-29 by means of the MyCoast Superior H2o software at mycoast.org/nj/high-h2o, or down load the application. Entrants may perhaps submit a greatest of a person image of the same flooded area every single working day of the contest. They may possibly submit numerous photographs of diverse flooded places every single day.
“Staff from the N.J. Department of Environmental Defense and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Study Reserve will vote to select a few to five finalists in every class that most effective showcase the vulnerability or resilience of men and women, places and matters impacted by flooding in New Jersey’s coastal communities,” JCNERR states. Then, the public will vote to decide on the winners from these types: ocean, bay and river/stream.
Community voting on the images will get put June 7-16, with successful entries introduced June 21. —J.K.-H.