Some residents in coastal communities document the flooding from these high tides. A variety of king tide photo initiatives have started in the past decade. You can learn more about joining one or starting your own at the King Tide Project’s website.
There are a variety of measures to prevent, adapt, or retreat the development of infrastructure in newly flood-prone areas. Groups including the Regional Plan Association have introduced ideas like the creation of a coastal commission that would coordinate climate adaptation measures. They’ve also advocated for the full-scale retreat from wetlands that will one day be reclaimed by nature.
But many experts across disciplines agree that most communities aren’t doing enough today to prepare for the negative effects of sea level rise.
“Sea level rise impacts are happening now. We’re seeing them in the East Coast in terms of increased number of these sunny-day flooding events,” says William Sweet, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “As sea levels continue to rise, the impacts are going to become deeper, more severe, more widespread. And we’re going to have to come to grips with the fact that the way we live our lives today is not going to be the same as the way we live our lives in the future.”