As natural phenomena, tides resulting from gravitational influence are not swift events, but rather gradual predictable occurrences. At Sebastian Inlet, annual tidal variances can exceed 4.5 ft. (1.5 m);
however, during certain times of the year, daily tidal variance can be less than 0.5 ft. (15 cm). Within intracostal waters, wind driven tides can have a significant influence vis-à-vis gravitational influence of celestial bodies.
The low to high water extremes provide a formidable challenge in establishing appropriate elevation along open shorelines.
Habitat Dynamics | Home Page