And as we know that, due to human activity and the appalling failure of our leaders to address adequately the problem of carbon emissions, sea levels are going to rise as a result of climate change, the king tides will give us an idea of what normality will look like within a few decades.
On Magnetic Island the January king tide is set to peak at 3.83 metres (still 0.28 metres short of the official highest astronomical tide for Townsville, which was itself exceeded at least once last year) at 8.36 am on Sunday 22 January.
The Witness King Tides Project is an initiative of those peerless monitors of all things environmental, the Australian and Queensland governments, supported by Surf Life Saving Queensland, Queensland Centre for Photography, Australian Coastal Society, Bleach Festival and Green Cross Australia, the local affiliate of Green Cross International – which was established In 1993 by president Mikhail Gorbachev in the hope that the world's most pressing environmental challenges could be solved by reconnecting humanity to the environment.
So if you want to see the future – and help us all plan for it – mark your calendar, get out there on Sunday 22 January with you camera (or phone) and upload your best photo(s) to the Witness King Tides Project website.
To register to be part of the project click here