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High tides expected in November – Similar to what we could expect with climate change

November 13 2012


Starting 15 November, king tides (also known as perigean spring tides) are expected in Vancouver until 15 December. King tides are extreme high tide events that happen twice a year when the sun and moon’s gravitation forces reinforce one another.

Usual water level at high tide is 3.4m to 4.3m but during a king tide it can reach 5m. 

These king tide events offer us a chance to visualize what normal sea levels may look like in the future as levels rise due to climate change. By 2050, a normal winter high tide will be more like today’s annual king tide. 

To address the concern of future sea level rise, the City has developed a climate change adaptation strategy and is in the process of developing a strategic plan for coastal flood and erosion risk due to increasing sea levels.



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