CoastSnap continues global expansion with online training workshops
Over two weeks in July, Scientia Senior Lecturer Dr. Mitchell Harley of the UNSW Water Research Laboratory led a series of training workshops on the CoastSnap community beach monitoring that he founded. The workshops were attended by over 130 participants from 26 countries, including researchers and government agencies in India, South Africa, Indonesia, China, South America, USA, Europe and more.
CoastSnap is a low-cost technique to measure coastal change by crowd-sourcing community smartphone images from social media. Initially trialled on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, in just three years the network has rapidly expanded to now include CoastSnap monitoring stations in 16 countries. The online training workshops provided new participants with the tools to set up their own local CoastSnap program and continue CoastSnap’s growth worldwide. This global network will enable researchers to track how our coastlines are changing due to extreme storms, sea-level rise and any human modifications.
A link to the CoastSnap Training Workshop can be found here.