As ‘royal tides’ arrive in Jersey Shore, locals have asked to photograph the flooding
With some of the highest tides of the year expected to arrive this week, New Jersey officials are launching a campaign for residents to document flooding in their neighborhoods and upload photos to a website that will automatically correlate them with the information. weather and tides.
The goal is not only to create a database of frequently flooded areas, but to help the public see and understand the flooding they see in their neighborhood against the backdrop of rising water levels. sea in the world.
New Jersey is the 10th state to join the MyCoast website and app, which allows people to provide flood information.
The public launch coincides with the arrival of the so-called “royal tides” from May 24-29.
“The highest tides of the year offer a glimpse of what future seal level rise will look like,” said Vanessa Dornisch, program coordinator at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuary Research Reserve in Tuckerton.
They occur when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in a certain way and occur in spring and fall. Road flooding is often associated with royal tides, even in good weather; if they coincide with a storm, severe flooding could result.
The program asks people to take pictures of flooding in their neighborhoods and upload them to www.mycoast.org/nj. The best photos will win prizes from the Jacques Cousteau reserve including travel mugs, baseball caps and emergency kits.
The website or app will automatically add important information to each photo, including the weather at the time, proximity to the most recent high tide, temperature, wind speed, and recent precipitation.
There is also a “Places We Like” page for residents to indicate places in the state that they particularly like.
The website had around 75 submissions last week, but it had only been released to a small number of groups as part of a trial.
The data will help educate state officials to make decisions about how to respond to climate change and sea level rise. But it should also help the public understand why these decisions are being made in such a way. broader context, said Nick Angarone, director of the office of climate resilience in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“It’s too easy for people to see the problem in their front yard and not think about the larger implications,” he said.
It is not limited to ocean areas and the bay; anywhere in New Jersey that is affected by the tides can be part of the effort.
The state’s annual $ 25,000 subscription to the website is funded by a federal grant.