Greetings CrisisCommons Volunteers!
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) just launched a new crowdsourcing, citizen science application called “iCoast – Did the Coast Change?” that asks volunteers to identify changes to the coast by comparing and tagging aerial photographs taken before and after storms. Your contributions help USGS scientists improve the accuracy of USGS coastal change prediction models and vulnerability assessments that support pre-storm planning and post-storm rescue, recovery, and mitigation efforts. It is also a great educational tool for teaching students and even coastal residents about coastal hazards. We are looking for online volunteers to classify photos taken before and after Hurricane Sandy, and particularly targeting people with different kinds of disaster expertise and volunteer interests. More background information on iCoast is available in this USGS Top Story article and on the iCoast website.
Sign up as a digital volunteer, classify a few photos, and help spread the word to your colleagues, students, friends, and family:
iCoast is also an open-source project available on GitHub at:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at:
Thanks for your help!Sophia and the iCoast Team
Sophia B. Liu, Ph.D. Coastal and Marine Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey 600 4th Street South, Room C 108
Mendenhall Postdoc Fellow St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4846