Tribal Intertidal Digital Ecological Surveys (TIDES) Project

The rocky intertidal is an iconic seascape of immense traditional and cultural importance to the Indigenous nations of California. The rocky intertidal also drives a large eco-tourism economy for the state. Unfortunately, because these important habitats exist at the land-sea interface, they are particularly susceptible to human impacts and in particular, sea level rise (SLR).


TIDES is a partnership between the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation & Scripps Institution of Oceanography


The TIDES project combines the traditional knowledge of our longest-standing land and sea stewards, together with cutting-edge imaging techniques to achieve the best possible conservation outcomes in the face of climate change.

We use 3D-imaging to visualize and study intertidal communities at unprecedented scales.

The TIDES Project utilizes a custom analytic and visualization software called Viscore, developed by collaborators at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led by Vid Petrovic and the Kuester Lab.



This is the ideal methodology for community engagement and improved SLR vulnerability assessments to support climate change management plans.