MyCoast:

New York

Help document New York’s changing water levels and weather impacts

The MyCoast New York portal is used to collect and analyze photos of changing water levels, shorelines, and hazardous weather impacts across New York’s varied coasts and water bodies. Photos are linked to real-time environmental conditions to create reports that help stakeholders like government agencies, business owners, and residents understand our changing environment and make informed decisions.

MyCoast:

New York

Help document New York’s changing water levels and weather impacts

The MyCoast New York portal is used to collect and analyze photos of changing water levels, shorelines, and hazardous weather impacts across New York’s varied coasts and water bodies. Photos are linked to real-time environmental conditions to create reports that help stakeholders like government agencies, business owners, and residents understand our changing environment and make informed decisions.

How it Works

You Add Your Picture or Report

Take your picture via our mobile app (below) or submit it via your browser when you get back to your computer.

We Fetch Background Data

Our servers retrieve weather and tidal information to add context to your photo.

Your Report Informs Decisions

Coastal leaders and groups can use your data to make better decisions.

New York
MyCoast Tools
Use these buttons to view existing photos and submit your own

Submitting Photos is Simple with the MyCoast App!

More Than Just the Coast
All New Yorkers are impacted by flooding and hazardous weather. Communities across New York State are encouraged to use MyCoast to document flood and storm events. Photos and photo reports submitted for non-coastal locations will be linked to the closest weather and river or lake gauge data.

Submitting Photos is Even Easier with the MyCoast App!

High Water Photos

FAQs

MyCoast New York (NY) is a web-portal and app that acts as a centralized resource for collecting and sharing locally sourced information about change to New York’s coasts and water bodies. Volunteers from across the state can upload photos and data through a suite of tools once they register. The data is publicly viewable and can be used by everyone for science, decision making, education, and storytelling. MyCoast automatically links the photo reports to environmental data from weather stations, tide gauges, river gauges, and lake levels to give the data context. MyCoast NY is a 2-year pilot that will run from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

Community science projects actively involve community members in observation and scientific endeavors that can help their local community, help inform scientists, and inform management decisions or policy. MyCoast NY is an example of a contributory project model (Shirk et. al., 2012) because the primary role of members of the community is to contribute data.

  1. Weather: Dark Sky by Apple
  2. Tidal gauge & lake level:NOAA Tides and Currents
  3. River gauge: USGS

Yes! We recognize that non-coastal areas are impacted by flooding and hazardous weather so we are testing whether MyCoast NY can be useful in documenting events for all New York communities during the 2-year pilot. Photos and photo reports submitted for inland locations in the Flood Watch and Storm Reporter apps will be linked to the closest weather and river or lake gauge data.

You must have a registered account with MyCoast to submit photo reports. There is an option to hide your name when submitting reports. MyCoast NY data managers will be able to see what photo reports are associated with your registered account, but it will not be available on the public site, and we will not share this information.

Once you submit a photo report it will be linked with environmental data and posted to the MyCoast NY website that is viewable to the public alongside your name, unless you choose to post it anonymously.  From there, your photos may be viewed and used by others in a variety of ways.  Your photo report will be part of the public domain.
 Yes. If your photo has date/time/location data, MyCoast will automatically populate these fields.  If not, you can manually enter these fields. It is best to upload with geolocation to ensure accuracy of data.

Yes! We encourage it. We recommend the following format to credit photos. Source: [Name/anonymous] via MyCoast New York.

This function is not available to the public at this time.  Please contact Jessica Kuonen at jak546@cornell.edu about larger data downloads.

If MyCoast is no longer funded after the 2-year pilot, the publicly viewable website will remain online so the photos can be accessed but you will no longer be able to submit new photos. It’s possible that photos may be transferred to another state website or program. The entire database will be backed up and downloaded by New York Sea Grant.

The MyCoast NY pilot is funded by the U. S. Department of Commerce and the National Sea Grant Office [Federal Award ID # NA20OAR4170497] and the New York State Water Resources Institute.

FAQs

MyCoast New York (NY) is a web-portal and app that acts as a centralized resource for collecting and sharing locally sourced information about change to New York’s coasts and water bodies. Volunteers from across the state can upload photos and data through a suite of tools once they register. The data is publicly viewable and can be used by everyone for science, decision making, education, and storytelling. MyCoast automatically links the photo reports to environmental data from weather stations, tide gauges, river gauges, and lake levels to give the data context. MyCoast NY is a 2-year pilot that will run from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

Community science projects actively involve community members in observation and scientific endeavors that can help their local community, help inform scientists, and inform management decisions or policy. MyCoast NY is an example of a contributory project model (Shirk et. al., 2012) because the primary role of members of the community is to contribute data.

  1. Weather: Dark Sky by Apple
  2. Tidal gauge & lake level:NOAA Tides and Currents
  3. River gauge: USGS

Yes! We recognize that non-coastal areas are impacted by flooding and hazardous weather so we are testing whether MyCoast NY can be useful in documenting events for all New York communities during the 2-year pilot. Photos and photo reports submitted for inland locations in the High Water and Storm Reporter apps will be linked to the closest weather and river or lake gauge data.

You must have a registered account with MyCoast to submit photo reports. There is an option to hide your name when submitting reports. MyCoast NY data managers will be able to see what photo reports are associated with your registered account, but it will not be available on the public site, and we will not share this information.

Once you submit a photo report it will be linked with environmental data and posted to the MyCoast NY website that is viewable to the public alongside your name, unless you choose to post it anonymously.  From there, your photos may be viewed and used by others in a variety of ways.  Your photo report will be part of the public domain.
 Yes. If your photo has date/time/location data, MyCoast will automatically populate these fields.  If not, you can manually enter these fields. It is best to upload with geolocation to ensure accuracy of data.

Yes! We encourage it. We recommend the following format to credit photos. Source: [Name/anonymous] via MyCoast New York.

This function is not available to the public at this time.  Please contact Jessica Kuonen at jak546@cornell.edu about larger data downloads.

If MyCoast is no longer funded after the 2-year pilot, the publicly viewable website will remain online so the photos can be accessed but you will no longer be able to submit new photos. It’s possible that photos may be transferred to another state website or program. The entire database will be backed up and downloaded by New York Sea Grant.

The MyCoast NY pilot is funded by the U. S. Department of Commerce and the National Sea Grant Office [Federal Award ID # NA20OAR4170497] and the New York State Water Resources Institute.