King Tides, Full Moons and Sea Level Rise

It’s been a muddy few weeks on my favorite trail along Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. It’s not a real hiking trail or anything—the trail that runs along this sliver of the SF Bay is flat save for a several very slight dips— but it affords great views of migratory birds, the city skyline and a general check in with the SF Bay. The trail just skirts the tideline…until recently.
Many of the tides over the past few weeks have been the highest of the year, and much of the trail has been muddy and or covered in driftwood and debris. “King Tides” happen every year.

“The king tides are caused by the perfect alignment of the sun and the moon, which pulls ocean water to opposite sides of the earth. Most tidal surges are created predominantly by the gravitational pull of the moon*.” 

However a ‘coalition of government and nonprofit advocate’ caution that recent tidelines are actually indicative of where climate-change induced rising sea levels will take us in terms of land and water. The next King Tides in California are scheduled for January 9-11. The California King Tides Initiative is inviting residents to document the tides and their affects in photos and share them with others.

Wonder if there are ‘Queen Tides’?…Speaking of the very real issue of sea level rise. East Bay producer/director Claire Shoen has been documenting the effect of seal level rise on Bay Area residents in an award-winning series of web stories.  Her media series RISE: Climate Change and Coast Communities depicts the face of the bay now. Take a look at one of the RISE webstories:

Deborah Crooks
Deborah Crooks ( is a writer, performing songwriter and recording artist based in San Francisco whose lyric driven and soul-wise music has drawn comparison to Lucinda Williams, Chrissie Hynde and Natalie Merchant.

Singing about faith, love and loss, her lyrics are honed by a lifetime of writing and world travel while her music draws on folk, rock, Americana and the blues. She released her first EP "5 Acres" in 2003 produced by Roberta Donnay, which caught the attention of Rocker Girl Magazine, selecting it for the RockerGirl Discoveries Cd. In 2007, she teamed up with local producer Ben Bernstein to complete "Turn It All Red" Ep, followed by 2008's "Adding Water to the Ashes" CD, and a second full-length CD "2010. She's currently working on a third CD to be released in 2013.

Deborah's many performance credits include an appearance at the 2006 Millennium Music Conference, the RockerGirl Magazine Music Convention, IndieGrrl, at several of the Annual Invasion of the GoGirls at SXSW in Austin, TX, the Harmony Festival and 2009's California Music Fest, MacWorld 2010, Far West Fest and many other venues and events. She toured the Northwest as part "Indie Abundance Music, Money & Mindfulness" (2009) with two other Bay Area artists, and followed up with "The Great Idea Tour of the Southwest in March 2010 with Jean Mazzei.
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