University of Rhode Island invites public to help monitor climate change by using CoastSnap

From left, Jennifer Ogren, assistant administrator for Rhode Island State Parks; Pam Rubinoff, coastal resilience specialist for the URI Coastal Research Center and R.I. Sea Grant; and graduate student Sarah Schechter pose with the CoastSnap shoreline monitoring cradle at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly. (URI Photos by Michael Salerno)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) — The University of Rhode Island announced Wednesday that people are now able to take part in the state’s shoreline monitoring program.

Participants will be able to take pictures at Rhode Island coastal sites to help collect data on the impacts of climate change.

After the photos are taken, participants should upload their photos to CoastSnap.

Ogren and Rubinoff scan the QR code on the CoastSnap cradle, which community photographers can use to submit a photo that will help government agencies monitor the changing coastline. (URI Photos by Michael Salerno)

CoastSnap, a crowdsourcing and photo collection app, will be available at three Rhode Island coastal sites: Latham Park in Barrington, East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown, and Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly.

According to a spokesperson from the URI, the set position at each site ensures that all photos are taken from the same view and can be combined into time-lapse video sequences showing shoreline change.

“Our hope is that community members gain an easy and enjoyable means of contributing to local-level efforts to address climate change impacts,” says Pam Rubinoff, a resilience specialist for URI CRC/Sea Grant leading the app effort, “while government decision-makers and staff can consider how crowd-gathered and shared visual evidence can support resilience planning.”

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