The PNP and UWA are delivering a community values project in the PNP region from Rockingham to Busselton. The project will utilise the CoastSnap community beach monitoring sites as a tool to support the collection of real-time community coastal social values.

Data collected from the project will;

  • capture beach goers’ perceptions and values of the coast at a select point in time;
  • compare perceptions and values across CoastSnap sites;
  • investigate change in values and perceptions over time under varying beach conditions;
  • heighten the community and decision makers understanding and appreciation of the coast, coastal processes and associated current and future risks and impacts; and
  • provide a financially viable way to collect real-time social values data that supports coastal decision-making.

CoastSnap is a global initiative that involves the community contributing to beach monitoring by inviting them to take and submit photos of the beach. In addition to providing useful data on coastal change, this program raises awareness of coastal processes. After uploading their CoastSnap photo there is an option to participate in a short 5 minute survey regarding the beach and its value to them. The user can also choose to answer some additional questions that will assist in determining the economic value of the beach.

The community values data collected will complement physical coastal monitoring data to assist in the protection and management of the coast. This is becoming increasingly important as the risks to our coastline is increasing due to climate change.

More information on CoastSnap is available on the CoastSnapWA Facebook page.