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King Tides Wrap-Up Celebration

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High tides and sea level rise may not be things to celebrate, but the CoastWatch program along with our partners from Surfrider and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, is inviting one and all to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers documented these highest tides of the year.

Event Information

Join us this Friday, January 19, at the Rogue Brewery’s South Beach location (2320 S.E. Marine Science Dr. in Newport). Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m., beverages and other fare may be purchased from Rogue, our host. Whether or not you made it out to the shore to snap the “King Tides,” you are invited to learn more about the project, view the best of this year’s photos, and get a jump on the 2018 version that will take place next fall.

Our speaker will be Nick Cohn, a Ph.D candidate in geology at Oregon State University, speaking on “Storm-Induced Erosion at South Beach.” Cohn’s research focuses on understanding the physical “drivers” of coastal landscape changes which occur on time scales of hours to years, such as sandbar migration, shoreline retreat, and dune recovery processes. This research involves extensive field measurements in the surf zone and on the beach. Cohn will discuss measurements from South Beach State Park collected during the 2015-2016 El Niño, and what they tell us about rates of coastal foredune erosion during extreme high water events. He will also talk about what this work tells us about the broader Pacific Northwest. In general, Cohn and his research group have found that erosion is more closely related to sea levels than to wave heights.

There will also be brief talks on citizen science, the project, and plenty of time to eat, drink, and socialize.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. There will also be a raffle.

For more information about the event, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. More information can be found at our website oregonshores.org or at oregonkingtides.net.

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