Solar eclipse high tides are a preview of sea-level rise

What does climate change-induced sea level rise really look like in our communities? 

The upcoming solar eclipse on August 21 presents the opportunity to observe this up-close and personally. Those who live along the ocean coasts can contribute their observations to a great citizen science project, organized by ISee Change and Yale Climate Connections.

On August 21, the solar eclipse won't be the only natural phenomenon to watch.

In the hours before and after the eclipse, extra-high tides will occur as a result of the alignment between the sun, Earth, and moon. Those enhanced tides will give us a glimpse of how sea-level rise will affect us – and we want your help to document those tides. The high tides will be visible in many coastal communities, so you can participate even if the eclipse won't be visible in your region.

On that day, follow this link from ISeeChange to share photos of high tides and flooding that you see in your community. We'll publish some of the most striking images we see at ISeeChange and on Yale Climate Connections.

If you participate, we'd love to hear about your experience!



Rick Shankman's picture

From... https://www.nytimes


"But a bigger reason is that these [scientific revelations] threaten vested economic interests. Commodity companies benefit from exploiting forests. Fossil-fuel companies, [work] to protect their profits, [and] spent decades throwing up a smoke screen about the risks of climate change.

Most of them now say they have stopped funding climate denial, but they still finance the careers of politicians who say they are skeptical of climate science and who play down the risks.

In the face of such attacks, the scientists soldier on, offering us more predictions even as the old ones come true.

They tell us that we are now at risk of causing the great ice sheets in Greenland and west Antarctica to collapse, which would raise the sea level 30 feet or more over some unknown period, wiping out many of the world’s great cities.

They tell us that under a worst-case scenario, it might get so hot across large parts of the world that people would be unable to work outdoors without risking death. They tell us that we stand a good chance of causing the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the Earth’s history."

In our modern society, unabashed greed triumphs over reason.

Dave Damm-Luhr's picture

As we in the US gaze skyward

As we in the US gaze skyward tomorrow, Monday, 21 August, I'm hoping we can all - wherever located on the globe - consider why no one seems to be questioning the science of solar eclipses.

 See recent NY Times article "Should you trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse is a Clue."

Perhaps unique among nations, we have folks in power here who've managed to turn what seemed a broad political consensus in 2007 into a fractious political issue in 2017.  So, why hasn't the science of solar eclipses gotten their attention?