The CoastView mission is to promote exploration of the Alaska, Pacific Northwest, and California coasts through pictures and stories. Most of the images were collected by a program called ShoreZone that mapped the intertidal shorelines of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The images were acquired using a low flying helicopter during the lowest tides of the year. The images are used to map coastal features for a geographic information system. Read more about the ShoreZone program here and here, and how it’s done here. Images for Washington are more recent than those from the ShoreZone program and were acquired by the Washington Department of Ecology. Read more about that here and here. The images for California are only used for the articles and were acquired by the California Coastal Records Project. Read more about that program here.
We understand that many people want to see pictures of the coast and read stories about places, people, and events on their mobile phones or tablets while traveling. So in addition to the website posts, our challenge was to provide instant access to about a half-million images covering over 100,000 km of coastline on a mobile device. The result is the CoastView app that allows an interactive experience for viewing and exploring the coast, planning trips, and viewing images offline while traveling. Along with stunning pictures, the CoastView app features information about local ecology, history, and culture — bringing to life the striking beauty of the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon for visitors that fly over, cruise past, drive along, or explore from the comfort of home.
Dr. Carl Schoch
I am a coastal scientist with a Ph.D. in oceanography. My interests are in nearshore ecosystems and how they change over time. I am one of the developers of the ShoreZone coastal imaging and habitat mapping program. My experience with the west coast of North America is mostly from professional and recreational adventures. I was a commercial salvage diver in Puget Sound and the captain of a research vessel in Alaska. I have cycled the entire coastline of Washington, Oregon, and California twice. As a scientist, my work involves over 30 years of research along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. From these experiences I know that most of the coast is difficult to see, from the roads because the shoreline is often obscured by buildings and vegetation, and from a boat because it’s often dangerous to get close to shore. The pictures in CoastView are mostly from the ShoreZone program, and the stories are based on places of interest learned from these cumulative experiences.
I am a software architect and developer with a curious mind. I got bit by the entrepreneur bug 10 years ago, after completing my MBA and my MS in computer science. This background helps me to pursue my passion: building things that do things, from business to technology and software to hardware. On a personal note, I fell in love with the French language, people, and food during my studies in Paris – going from zero to hero in French conversation skills in a year. I like listening to the 8-bit music of the video game consoles from the 80s. I live in Berlin, Germany.