North County Times

As waves lapped up a stretch of fresh, new sand at Cardiff State Beach this week, Scripps scientists armed with acoustic meters and a laser scanner took advantage of the year’s highest tides to study how water levels and wave action will impact San Diego’s beaches.

With the moon at its closest point to the Earth this week, tides swelled higher than any other time this year, according to the National Weather Service.

The combination of lunar pull and storm conditions Thursday pushed seawater about a foot above its usual high mark, giving scientists, environmentalists and beachgoers a peek at what rising waters could mean for the region.

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