Wanted: Tide detectives
THE summertime king tides are here and for the carefree it brings deep water swimming and jetty jumping but for those with a watchful eye on the coastline it means the 'tides are a changing'.
With rising sea levels considered a significant contributing factor to changes in the future, Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) and Green Cross Australia are inviting locals to capture photos of inundated beaches on the Capricorn Coast this weekend to help improve our understanding of climate change impacts.
FBA Chief Operating Officer Paul Birch said photos would be compiled with others across Queensland to help plan for what our coastline could look like by the end of the century if sea level rises occurred.
"Locals who help us collect photos will be helping to build a picture of the threat posed by rising sea levels, and could also win some great prizes," Mr Birch said.
With our community hugging the coastline, sometimes precariously, and 85 percent of Queensland's population living within 50km of the coast, awareness of the changes to the edge of the earth is important.
Mr Birch said people should register at the FBA tent on Yeppoon's main beach from 7am and then start their hunt for the best images that show the effect of tidal inundation on our coastline.
After collecting pictures participants can return to the tent where FBA will download photos and share them with other king tide detectives, present prizes to the best entries, followed by a free barbecue between 10am and noon.
"This is a fun, free activity allowing you, your family and friends to help us care for our coasts both now and in the future."
To be eligible for prizes on the day, submit entries to the FBA tent by 10am.
Photos can be submitted for inclusion in the Witness King Tides project anytime by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Witness King Tides photographic competition
Where: Yeppoon main beach
When: Sunday January 22 - entries close @ 10am