CoastSnap beach monitoring
Become a citizen scientist with CoastSnap next time you visit a beach on the NSW coast. Help us measure beach erosion and recovery by using your smartphone to share photos.
Read more about CoastSnap beach monitoring
Download our free app and visit a CoastSnap station in a national park to be part of it. There are also many other stations popping up across Australia and around the world.
Download the CoastSnap app
Add your snap
- Visit one of our CoastSnap stations.
- Open the app and create an account with your email address.
- Select the CoastSnap station for your location.
- Add your snap using the plus button to ‘update spot’.
- Place your phone in the cradle and take a landscape photo using the app. You could also upload a recent photo from your gallery.
- Share your snap. Complete the ‘update spot’ form in the app and save your snap to submit it.
What happens to my snap?
We’ll use your CoastSnap photos to map the way the coast changes over time. Your snap is an accurate record of the shoreline and the amount of sand on the beach at that moment.
Your snap will become part of a community database. It will help us discover how different beaches respond to changing ocean conditions.
We’ll also use the data to create time-lapse movies and graphs showing you how the shoreline moves with changing wave conditions and how much sand is on the beach.
Why is CoastSnap important?
It's important that we understand beach erosion and recovery cycles and longer-term change for many reasons. It helps us conserve critical coastal habitats for endangered species like shorebirds and coastal vegetation communities. It also supports us in protecting our cultural heritage.
For more information visit our CoastSnap beach monitoring page.
CoastSnap is a collaboration between the University of New South Wales Water Research Laboratory and the NSW Government.