I’ve volunteered to do TASMARC beach surveys. And I’ve been accepted(!).
It makes good sense to closely watch what is happening to our coasts – especially the so-called “vulnerable” or “soft” sandy shores which change shape hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly…..with weather and tides, and at longer time frames with changing climate.
In Tasmania, TASMARC has been doing this since 2004, at now about forty or so beaches around this island. The organisation was set up by Chris Sharples, John Hunter and others at the University of Tasmania concerned that we knew little about the way our sandy shorelines were changing (or not changing)
The surveys are done by volunteers – mostly from land and coast care groups – and there is a lot of support from southern local councils, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, the University of Tasmania, the Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment, Natural Resource Management and Cradle Coast Authority.
Surveys are done at times which suit volunteers – usually a few times a year. Results are emailed to TASMARC, where Nick Bowden maintains the database. So the profiles of many of our beaches are being archived. The information is freely available to everyone.