CoastView Mobile App: A Bird's-Eye View of Alaska for Airline and Cruise Passengers When the Weatherís Not-So-Good

Top Quote This press release announces an entertaining and educational new mobile app that lets you see and learn about the wild and scenic coasts of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest - either while traveling (can be used offline) or at home. Ideal for people visiting Alaska by airplane or cruise ship, or for anyone who enjoys the stunning Pacific Northwest coast. End Quote
  • Anchorage, AK (1888PressRelease) August 15, 2017 - Have you ever been on an airplane and wanted to see exactly what you were flying over - but couldn't because it was dark, cloudy, or 30,000 feet away?

    The new CoastView mobile app solves that, if you're flying or cruising along the coast in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest. With the touch of a map you can see what any spot on the coast looks like, and you can learn about points of interest along your flight or cruise.

    How itís used: As youíre traveling by air or sea CoastView shows you the coastal images closest to you, drawing from tens-of-thousands of low-tide coastal images of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia) and Alaska (in general there is a photo of the coast every 300-500 feet). Each photo is tagged with latitude/longitude coordinates, and the app uses the GPS in your device to show the image and point of interest closest to you. The app can be used offline (without a wifi connection) if the trip is downloaded prior to departure making it ideal for use on a plane or boat.

    Who itís targeted to: The app is designed for airline and cruise ship passengers visiting Alaska. Over 2 million people visit Alaska each year, and 96% of them arrive by airplane or cruise ship. Most flights to Alaska depart from Seattle and follow the Washington, British Columbia and Alaska coastlines - making CoastView a perfect fit. Cruises to Alaska follow the same path.

    For outdoor enthusiasts and residents, CoastView provides an opportunity to scout and share good places to visit, camp, or land a boat while planning a coastal boating, hiking or kayaking trip.

    Problem it solves: Most visitors to Alaska come for the wildlife and scenery. Unfortunately, what most of these visitors never realize Ė because itís dark outside, or cloudy, or raining sideways -- is that they are passing by one of the most scenic coastlines in the world without getting a chance to really see it.

    Ironically, these visitors--many of whom have saved up their earnings and waited decades for a chance to see Alaskaís majestic landscapes--are passing right by some of the most spectacular scenery on their way to Alaska. Itís a huge missed opportunity, which CoastView solves.

    Why it was created: The CoastView team is driven by a respect for the natural world and a desire to share the beauty and scenery of the coast with as many people as possible. Our credentials tell the story: among our 3-person team we have a PhD in oceanography, Masterís degrees in environmental science and computer science, Bachelorís degrees in geology and geography, and an MBA.

    Why it matters: As our world shrinks, itís good to remember there are still wild places. While we may never set foot in them, seeing them and learning about them as we fly over or cruise by helps connect us a little deeper to our shared planet.

    Education + entertainment - CoastViewís vision is to allow you to enjoy, explore, and learn about the parts of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest coast that are inaccessible to most people. CoastView offers more than beautiful images. Press the info button to read or listen to descriptions of the ecology, history, or culture of the landscape and interact with a map.

    Works offline - Most airlines and all cruises allow use of GPS. CoastView can determine where you are and select the coastal images nearest your position, safely and legally, even in Airplane mode.

    Works as you travel or at home - use it in real-time as youíre flying, driving, or cruising by the coast. Or explore the coasts at your leisure, anytime and anywhere.

    Images available - from the California-Oregon border northward to the Alaska-Canada border in the Arctic Ocean. All images are taken at extreme low-tide in the summer and are geo-referenced.

    Interactive map - includes an interactive map that allows you to see where you are.

    Social - share images or trips for later access, viewing, and sharing on social media.

    Free to download, $1.99 for a single trip, $9.99/month for unlimited trips. Earn credits for free trips. Available for iPhone, iPad iOS 9.3 or later.

    For more info: Please visit for more CoastView information, including videos and screenshots of the app, and a press kit.

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