Why CoastView? Because everyplace has a story.
Our 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. 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 discovered that most people want to see pictures of the coast and read stories about places, people, and events on their mobile phones or tablets. 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.