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The Future is Now: King Tide Photography Project

La Jolla Shores, during King Tide, Feb. 10, 2020. Photo by Osmund Holm-Hansen.

The Future is Now: King Tides is a collaborative photography project aimed at promoting action to combat climate change in San Diego, California. King Tides are the highest tides of the year, and as such they offer a glimpse of what the future will hold with rising sea levels along our coastline, as higher tides threaten and damage our infrastructure and natural habitats.

Photos were captured at a variety of coastal locations from Oceanside to Imperial Beach, as chosen in cooperation with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the California Coastal Commission, the City of Imperial Beach and San Diego Audubon.

The twenty-one volunteer photographers included three high school students, who were supported by San Diego Audubon staff, partners, and Leland Foerster, the project leader. Leland is a documentary photographer and retired photography instructor from the UC San Diego Extension program, who mentors adults and young people to document their communities and the natural world to help create positive change.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteer photographers, and to Leland Foerster for organizing this project; these remarkable photographs are evocative in a way that no report or story can be.

See below for a look at photos and project locations along the California coastline, and stay tuned for additional ways to engage with and raise awareness about coastal issues. Questions or inquiries about getting involved can be submitted to


  • San Diego Foundation
    San Diego Foundation
  • USFWS logo
  • County of San Diego
    County of San Diego
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • SANDAg transnet logo
    SANDAg transnet logo
  • Coastkeeper
  • UCNRS logo
  • Malk Nature Fund