Cyclone Bianca will be the first cyclone to hit the Perth region since social media was invented.
“One of the most powerful types of data in understanding the impact of cyclones and storms on the coast are photos taken before and after the storm event passes,” said Dr. Robert Kay Director of Coastal Zone Management – a Perth based company specialising in managing coastlines around the globe.
Dr. Kay is encouraging anyone who can get to the beach before the cyclone hits to collecting as many photos as possible. Then go back to the same place over the next several days to help map the impact of the cyclone.
“If we can collect photos of the WA coastline from as far north as Jurien Bay to as far south as Cape Naturaliste they can be matched with other data – like the wave heights and tide data – to gain a complete picture” said Dr. Kay.
Of course it goes without saying to heed all warnings about not putting yourself or others into danger just to get a photo!
When you upload your photos please tell us exactly where you took them (name of beach/town; the aspect – looking west – looking north – looking south and the time the photo was taken). By loading up your photos we will assign credit to you but will need your name. We would also like to use the photos in other publications online and offline.
Upload to: http://www.facebook.com/cyclone.bianca
If your not on Facebook, then email us your photos direct, and we can upload to the site. Of course, the idea is that all the photos will be available for the WA coastal community to help with research and management.
Thanks in advance for your help.
The Coastal Zone Management team