In October 2013, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Bohol, Philippines, inducing land subsidence to some of its small island communities. Now, the islands of Batasan, Pangapasan, Ubay and Bilangbilangan of the Municipality of Tubigon experience partial or complete flooding even during normal spring tides. Coming face-to-face with a hundred years’ worth of sea level rise, the island communities show that they are far more resilient than we think.

Racing the King Tide is an international research project that re-frames the approach to adaptation to sea-level rise. Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Tokyo, Waseda University, The Manila Observatory, Hatch, the Philippine Local Government Unit and the Tubigon islanders are involved in this ongoing research project.