The last few King Tides around the Vancouver shore lines show us a view to the future. When major stores of ice from glaciers and ice sheets melt, sea levels are expected to rise significantly. This is caused by the ocean expanding as it heats up due to global warming. According to researchers, sea levels will likely rise up to 50 cm in 22 years and probably 1 metre by 2100. So what does all of this mean? Experts expect that current King Tide levels will be the new “high tide” normal by 2050.
Explore this “new normal” in the interactive photo to the left, showing David Lam park during normal tide levels and also after the recent King Tide.