About the project

CoastSnap is a global citizen science project to capture our changing coastlines. No matter where you are in the world, if you have a smartphone and an interest in the coast, we welcome you to participate!
Each month we award a "DIY Station of the Month" to highlight some of the huge monitoring efforts taken by the CoastSnap community using the "DIY station" option in the CoastSnap App. The winner of this monthly award gets to see all their snaps converted into a timelapse video to watch their beach change over time. Check out our previous winners below! May 2021 - Lewis Slarke (Turrimetta Beach, New South Wales, Australia) Congratulations to Lewis Slarke, winner of the DIY Station of the Month for May 2021. Lewis has been monitoring this small pocket beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches known as Turrimetta Beach. Its rocky foreshore makes it dangerous for swimming but perfect to enjoy a day in the sun! You can see all of Lewis' photos from this site on the CoastSnap map. April 2021 - Charlie Bell (Barlings Beach, New South Wales, Australia) Congratulations to Charlie Bell, winner of the DIY Station of the Month for April 2021. Charlie has been monitoring this spectular beach on the South Coast of New South Wales in SE Australia known as Barlings Beach. What a beautiful location and hardly a person in site! You can see all of Charlies photos from this site on the CoastSnap map. March 2021 - Rob Brander (Coalcliff, New South Wales, Australia) Congratulations to Rob Brander, the inaugural winner of the DIY Station of the Month! This site is known as Coalcliff Beach and is situated between the cities of Wollongong and Sydney in SE Australia. Pay close attention to the rocks on the beach to watch the sand come and go with the varying waves as well as an intermittent creek that appears during high rainfall. You can see all of Rob's photos by clicking on the CoastSnap map here.
At the heart of CoastSnap is a simple stainless steel phone cradle that is installed overlooking a beach in a location that is easily accessible by the community. Using the instructional sign a beach visitor is encouraged to place their phone into the cradle, take a photo, and share it to a centralised database via the free CoastSnap App or social media using a QR code and hashtag unique to each station. This collection of community led images will provide a record of the coastline as it evolves. The technology behind CoastSnap is then capable of creating time-lapse videos and tracking the precise changes in the position of the coastline over time.     Check out the following video to find out more about the CoastSnap technology.



  • We have reached 4000 CoastSnaps!!!! A huge thank you to the CoastSnap community for your ongoing participation. Keep on snapping - your snaps are incredibly valuable to help understand how our coasts are changing over time!

  • Welcome to the new CostSnap Citizen Science project website! Check out our new CoastSnap app! We have partnered with CitizenScience company SPOTTERON to bring you a new and exciting way to monitor coastline change around the world