How does the CoastView app work?

With CoastView you have access to tens-of-thousands of coastal photos, and each one has a latitude and longitude associated with it. When you're traveling, CoastView uses the GPS in your phone to show you which images are closest to you (for example, what you're flying over or driving past) along with information about that area. Cool, right?

Note that to use the app offline when traveling (for example, when your phone is in airplane mode or where there is no wifi signal), you must download your travel route before you go, while you are connected to wifi.

But you don't have to travel to use CoastView; you can also virtually 'fly the coast' from home. Once you select a route, the app chooses up to 1000 images along that route. You can watch those images in a slideshow, as if you were traveling along the route. 

Tracy Arm, southeast Alaska

Tracy Arm, southeast Alaska

Mouth of the Salmon River, Oregon

Mouth of the Salmon River, Oregon

Kotzebue Sound, northern Alaska

Kotzebue Sound, northern Alaska

Tell me more...

A few things we want to tell you about the CoastView app to give you the best experience: 

  • the CoastView app covers the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon (with a few minor exceptions like the outermost islands of Alaska's Aleutian chain).
  • it is currently available for iPhone.
  • on a larger airplane the CoastView app works best if you're in the window or middle seat so the GPS can reach your phone.
  • all the images were taken in summertime, at extreme low tide at an oblique aerial angle.
  • don't forget: before you travel, you must download your route if you want to use the app offline!

If you're curious about where many of our photos are from, check out our blog post about ShoreZone.