S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

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Second CoastSnap Station in S.C. to Document Shoreline Change

Sep 28, 2023

CoastSnap was recently installed at the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier in Folly Beach, South Carolina. CoastSnap is a beach monitoring program that uses cell phone photos taken by beach visitors from a specific location to track how the location’s shoreline is changing over time.

An engineer in a Sea Grant Consortium t-shirt uses a drill to assemble the CoastSnap signage.

Katie Finegan drills holes in preparing to mount the CoastSnap sign on the Folly Beach Pier.

The information gathered will assist the United States Army Corp of Engineers with making decisions on when to renourish Folly Beach. CoastSnap also will help scientists better understand factors contributing to shoreline change, including sea-level rise, king tides, hurricanes, and nor’easters.

A man and woman hold a tall pole against the side of the pier looking out over the ocean.

College of Charleston graduate student Briar Ownby-Connolly and Landon Knapp consult on the survey elevations they collected to document the location of the CoastSnap phone mount.

The other CoastSnap station in South Carolina is located at the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., but has been inaccessible while the pier undergoes repairs from Hurricane Ian in 2022. There are several other CoastSnap locations regionally, including in North Carolina and Virginia.

An engineer in a Sea Grant Consortium t-shirt tests the CoastSnap device attached to the pier.

Katie Finegan demonstrates and tests the CoastSnap phone mount by taking a picture of the Folly Beach shoreline.

Contact Katie Finegan, Coastal Processes program specialist, at 843-349-5017 to learn more about CoastSnap and how to get involved as a community scientist.