Why CoastView?

CoastView is a science education non-profit. Our mission is to promote exploration of the Alaska, Pacific Northwest, and California coasts through pictures and stories. Most of the images were collected by a program called ShoreZone that mapped the intertidal shorelines of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The images were acquired using a low flying helicopter during the lowest tides of the year. The images are used to map coastal features for a geographic information system. Read more about the ShoreZone program here and here. Images for Washington are more recent than those from the ShoreZone program and were acquired by the Washington Department of Ecology. Read more about that here and here. The images for California are only used for the blog posts and were acquired by the California Coastal Records Project. Read more about that program here. See the posts for this month here:

The CoastView App

We discovered that most people want to see pictures of the coast and read stories about places, people, and events on their mobile phones or tablets. So in addition to the website posts, our challenge was to provide instant access to about a half-million images covering over 100,000 km of coastline on a mobile device. The result is the CoastView app that allows an interactive experience for viewing and exploring the coast, planning trips, and viewing images offline while traveling. Along with stunning pictures, the CoastView app features information about local ecology, history, and culture -- bringing to life the striking beauty of the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon for visitors that fly over, cruise past, drive along, or explore from the comfort of home. Download the free app here:

Other CoastView Products

  • The daily CoastView posts are developed around themes such as shipwrecks, communities, rivers, etc. The posts are distributed on this website and on social media. See the archives for the full library of content available.

  • We accept contracts from businesses or organizations to develop custom themes and content. Contact us for more information.

  • Offline or online flat screen displays are ideal for cruise ships, ferries, visitor centers, chambers of commerce, businesses, and conferences. The image displays are produced for any area of interest with customized geo-located imagery and map tiles. The displays are provided on an Android box that plugs into any flat screen with an HDMI cable.

  • Bespoke CoastView website plugins are available with geo-located imagery and map tiles for any area of interest. Here is an example for Kachemak Bay, Alaska.

Who We Are

Dr. Carl Schoch  I am a coastal scientist with a Ph.D. in oceanography. My interests are in nearshore ecosystems and how they change over time. I am one of the developers of the  ShoreZone  coastal imaging and habitat mapping program. My experience with the west coast of North America is mostly from professional and recreational adventures. My work involves over 30 years of scientific research along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. While mapping shoreline habitats, I hiked the length of the Katmai and Aniakchak coasts, the Cook Inlet shoreline of Lake Clark National Park, Kachemak Bay, and the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I was a commercial salvage diver in Puget Sound, and the captain of a research vessel in the Gulf of Alaska including Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, and in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and all of the Alaskan Arctic coast. I have traversed the inside passage to and from Alaska many times on various vessels, and kayaked extensively in Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, and Kachemak Bay. I have cycled the coastline of Washington, Oregon and California twice, and sailed down the coast once, stopping as often as possible. The pictures in CoastView are mostly from the ShoreZone program, and the stories are based on places of interest learned from these cumulative experiences.

Dr. Carl Schoch

I am a coastal scientist with a Ph.D. in oceanography. My interests are in nearshore ecosystems and how they change over time. I am one of the developers of the ShoreZone coastal imaging and habitat mapping program. My experience with the west coast of North America is mostly from professional and recreational adventures. My work involves over 30 years of scientific research along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. While mapping shoreline habitats, I hiked the length of the Katmai and Aniakchak coasts, the Cook Inlet shoreline of Lake Clark National Park, Kachemak Bay, and the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I was a commercial salvage diver in Puget Sound, and the captain of a research vessel in the Gulf of Alaska including Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, and in the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and all of the Alaskan Arctic coast. I have traversed the inside passage to and from Alaska many times on various vessels, and kayaked extensively in Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, and Kachemak Bay. I have cycled the coastline of Washington, Oregon and California twice, and sailed down the coast once, stopping as often as possible. The pictures in CoastView are mostly from the ShoreZone program, and the stories are based on places of interest learned from these cumulative experiences.

Mario Pilz  I am a software architect and developer with a curious mind. I got bit by the entrepreneur bug 10 years ago, after completing my MBA and my MS in computer science. This background helps me to pursue my passion: building things that do things, from business to technology and software to hardware. On a personal note, I fell in love with the French language, people, and food during my studies in Paris - going from zero to hero in French conversation skills in a year. I like listening to the 8-bit music of the video game consoles from the 80s. I live in Berlin, Germany.

Mario Pilz

I am a software architect and developer with a curious mind. I got bit by the entrepreneur bug 10 years ago, after completing my MBA and my MS in computer science. This background helps me to pursue my passion: building things that do things, from business to technology and software to hardware. On a personal note, I fell in love with the French language, people, and food during my studies in Paris - going from zero to hero in French conversation skills in a year. I like listening to the 8-bit music of the video game consoles from the 80s. I live in Berlin, Germany.