The very real risk caused by climate change and sea level rise is hard to understand just by watching our shorelines. Continuous shoreline monitoring over long periods of time allows a better understanding of these threats and a means to provide real solutions. iBeach gives us a persistent birds-eye view of beaches and seaside infrastructure over time.
iBeach utilizes web-cameras installed at high vantage points to collect real-time, high-resolution images over time. This visual data is used to model shoreline changes and detect the causes. Hawaii's coastlines are susceptible to extreme coastal erosion rates; up to 2 feet/year. Statewide, these erosion rates are only expected to increase with sea level rise, and force property owners and coastal managers to make some tough decisions on how to adapt.
Oceanit has studied the suitability of ibeach versus other methods to gauge beach changes, such as UAV (drone) surveys and traditional beach profiling in terms of temporal resolution, spatial coverage, labor & equipment costs and reliability. In addition to the hardware component of iBeach, Oceanit has developed BeachWatch which is a cloud-based repository for different data; such as shoreline surveys, IBeach, drone videos, photos, wave and current data and crowd sourced data. It is intended as a decision making tool.
iBeach is a system: the steady and constant camera monitors sand percentages and can sense problematic trends before fully visible to naked eye, and the feedback provided by BeachWatch system is exponentially more than the feedback available just at first glance and includes the addition of algorithms tracking changes. Fron large scale public beaches to private homeowners, the application of iBeach can help save a precious natural resource.
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