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Dunes Climate Ready Study

In 2015, the State Coastal Conservancy awarded Friends of the Dunes $249,000 for the first two years of the Dunes Climate Ready Study. Friends of the Dunes is the fiscal sponsor of the grant and the US Fish & Wildlife Service has taken the lead in this collaborative project involving multiple partners.

This 5-year study will improve understanding of sediment movement along the entire Eureka littoral cell, a 32-mile unit of coastline. The study will identify potential vulnerabilities to climate change and potential response to future sea level rise.

Components of the Study

Dunes Climate Ready Grant Partners

Us Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Dunes, State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, The Wildlands Conservancy, The University of Victoria’s Coastal Erosion and Dune Dynamics Lab, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Flinders University, Arizona State University and the consulting firm GHD.

Climate Change Glossary


The first rise above the beach), and characterized by the native grass Elymus mollis ssp. mollis, which is able to tolerate the intense salt spray and sand deposition that occurs in this habitat.


The degree to which a system is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change.

Littoral Cell

A natural compartment of the coast that contains a complete cycle of sedimentation.


An adjustment of a natural or human system to a new or change environment that moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.


A capacity to anticipate, prepare for, respond and to recover from climate-change related threats.

Storm surge:

An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying an intense storm or hurricane.

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