King tides roll in with the new year
The increased high tide has been a concern for low-lying areas.
As we roll into the the new year, king tides are rolling in with it as well.
That's thanks to Monday's perigee full moon, when the moon is closest to the earth. The distance adds about two inches to the regular high tide.
Recent reports have shown the increased high tide has been a concern for low-lying areas.
Gail Grabowsky, environmental studies professor at Chaminade University, said that "on this island, I believe now, that Waikiki has some risk spots. There are spots on the Windward shore, too. Lanikai has seen a lot of erosions, and Kailua. But there are plenty of places away from town that erosion has been great, and that erosion is due to the sea being higher and eating away at the beaches."
Grabowsky says king tides will become more noticeable following climate change, and unless we find ways to prevent it, adapting to rising sea levels will become Hawai'i's reality.