Becoming a coastal scientist is a snap. Share your photos from New York's beaches and shorelines to help us better understand and manage our dynamic coast.

Next time you are at one of our CoastSnap locations, become a scientist for the day by helping us measure how our coastlines change over time.

Community Shore Monitoring

CoastSnap is an international network of simple camera mounts at coastal locations that invite the public to take a photo and share it to a website. With your mobile device and our CoastSnap photo cradles, you can capture a valuable record of the shoreline state and share it on our website. Over time, your CoastSnaps will record coastal change, helping us understand why some coastlines are more dynamic or resilient than others.

How Does it Work?

How does it work? In NY, CoastSnap users upload their photos to MyCoastNY using the QR code or typing in the web address printed on the location instructions. The photos can be viewed through MyCoastNY. Periodically the images will be compiled into time-lapse videos that capture the coastline as it evolves through time.

Where are New York's CoastSnap Cradles Located?

Ferry Landing
Stuyvesant, NY

Watch Hill
Fire Island National Seashore, NY

Rockaway Beach
Queens, NY

CoastSnap was created by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia and can now be found in 22 countries around the world. For more information on the global CoastSnap effort, see

1. Snap the QR code

You’ll find the code on the camera cradle at designated beaches.

2. Share

Place smartphone on the camera cradle, take photo and hit submit.

Your snaps will help to improve the way local communities and governments manage our valuable coastal environments.