Variance image from video of beach in Santa Cruz, California

Image in mostly black and white tones, showing distant view of beach stretching from bottom left to upper right.

Detailed Description

“Variance” image produced from video shot at Cowells Beach in Santa Cruz, California, on May 6, 2017. The more the light intensity changes at a given spot, or “pixel,” during the video, the brighter the value assigned to that pixel. Motion tends to produce changes in light intensity. Note bright areas along and beyond the shore where waves were breaking. Researchers are using these and other video images to improve understanding and computer modeling of beach processes, especially those that change the coast.


Image Dimensions: 2448 x 2048

Date Taken:

Location Taken: Santa Cruz, CA, US