National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

NNRCMP CoastSnap Imagery

CoastSnap is a global community science project which aims at engaging members of the public with our ever changing coastline. CoastSnap relies on multiple photos taken from a fixed point over time to help identify changes due to storms, rising sea levels, human activities and other factors. Along with communicating the natural response of our coastline to the non-scientific community, CoastSnap also acts as a powerful data type. Thousands of people visit our beaches every day, each often carrying a camera device more advanced than the technology used over the past several decades in coastal imaging. Hence, CoastSnap images have the potential to offer coastal managers an insight into the coastal dynamics impacting local beaches on a daily basis.

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The phone cradles installed at Dawlish and Penzance were initially funded through the UKRI research project "Coastal REsistance: Alerts and Monitoring Technologies (CreamT)". This demonstration project developed a new coastal hazard monitoring system able to issue real-time hazard alerts. The data collected in 2021/2022 have been incorporated with the early CoastSnap images as part of an Augmented Reality Coastal Walk that you can enjoy at either of the coastal locations. For more information visit or follow the coastal research on twitter @WireWall_NOC and @UoP_CPRG.