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Citizen Science: CoastSnap app

Find out how an app is helping scientists tackle coastal erosion in Australia

Supported by the City of Sydney

Join 1-hour event for a Q&A session and an explanation of how to interact with the CoastSnap app.

It will also offer an outline of the latest results and what’s next. Check the latest CoastSnap results and general information.

About CoastSnap

In Australia, our coastal-loving culture means the shifting sands from tides and waves can get in the way of houses, roads and other infrastructure. Properties have been put at risk of being swallowed by the sea.

Enter CoastSnap. Using a smartphone, the community can engage in scientific and environmental research to help track our changing coastline.

With the help of a specially-designed smartphone camera mount installed at a number of beaches, locals can take a photo and share it via social media or email. Over time, these crowd-sourced photos give scientists a valuable record of how coastlines are changing across the globe. Using specialist algorithms, the CoastSnap team can precisely measure the changing shoreline position, which is vital, considering our changing storm patterns and rising sea-levels.

Initially located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, CoastSnap stations are now installed in 9 countries worldwide, including Brazil, Fiji, the UK, Spain and The Netherlands.

This is a free event. Bookings recommended as places are limited.

Dr Mitchell Harley
As Scientia Fellow at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW, Dr Harley is a leading international researcher in coastal erosion. Together with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Dr Harley founded CoastSnap, in May 2017.

Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
Formed in 2014, this member-based community supports, informs and develops citizen science through sharing knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy.



Saturday 13 April 2019 from 2pm to 3pm


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