Do you have a love for photography or simply love to share a good snap from your weekly walk at the beach?
We would like to hear from you!
Since 2011 more than 50 volunteers have been heading to their local beaches with digital cameras or smartphones in hand, to document the changes they see at a local level.
Sandy beaches are dynamic systems, which are altered due to variations in the weather, sea level and wave conditions.
Dramatic changes are most commonly seen after large storms, whereas subtle changes occur seasonally.
NACC has a photo-monitoring program, which aims to collect long-term baseline data that can be used to inform coastal management decisions. With funding assistance from Coastwest, the program kicked-off some time ago with just a hand full of volunteers who monitored 27 sites around Geraldton.
Further Coastwest funding enabled the development of the smartphone app Photomon and the monitoring of 91 sites between Kalbarri and Guilderton, with over 6500 photos being taken during this time.
What does this mean for you?
If you’re keen to be a part of this citizen science initiative, all you have to do is head to your favourite beach once a fortnight (with your smart phone of course), and take 2-3 pictures of your favourite spot. That’s it.
These pictures help the Photo Monitoring team to see the changes on the sandy beaches over time.
We currently have a few sites around Geraldton and Dongara that do not have dedicated volunteers to help monitor them.
Photo monitoring is very easy, and a great way to get children involved, so if you visit the beach regularly, have a smartphone and would like to be a part of the program, we would love to hear from you.
The beaches below need your help!
- Cape Burney
- Mahomets Flats
- Sunset Beach
- Drummonds Cove
Dongara/ Port Denison:
- South Beach
- Boat Ramp
- Granny’s Beach
- Surf Beach
- Seven Mile Beach
If this sounds like a project you would like to get involved with, or you just have questions, please contact our Coastal and Marine Project Officer Felicity Beswick on (08) 9938 0108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.