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City of Vancouver Sea Level Rise StoryMap

The City of Vancouver has launched a new resource this year – a crowdsourcing tool to document high tide shoreline photos.

What is it?

A mobile-enabled website that allows citizens to contribute to our shared knowledge about the shoreline. The City is inviting citizens to capture photos of the shoreline at high tide and upload them to Vancouver.ca/kingtides, providing critical information to help the City better understand and prepare for the impacts of sea level rise.

Why now?

King Tides, when sea levels reach their highest point in the year, are coming soon. By collecting data along the shoreline, people will help visualize what normal sea levels may look like in the future as sea levels rise due to climate change.

As a partner in educating the public about sea level rise and ocean-related issues, the City need your help. There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Snap the shore. Take the lead as a citizen scientist and help the City seed their brand new site with helpful shoreline data.
  • Pay a visit to the waterfront between December 1-9 (check poster for projected King Tide Schedule) and again Jan 1-9
  • Take a photo showing where the water reaches, and;
  • Upload it right away to Vancouver.ca/kingtides – you can do this straight from your phone (turn on GPS).
  1. Get the word out. Spread word about the app through your contacts and social networks.
  • Share your photos on social media, using the app.

Thank you for helping the City to get this important project off the ground. For more information about how the City is planning for sea level rise, click here. If you have further questions about the project, feel free to reach out to tina.barisky@vancouver.ca.

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