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CENTER FOR COASTAL AND CLIMATE SCIENCE AND RESILIENCE

About Dunes in Hawai‘i

The Importance of Dunes

Dunes are an important part of a healthy coastal ecosystem. They provide essential habitat for important plant and animal species, and they protect beaches and coastal communities from the impacts of climate change. Dunes provide a sacrificial source of sand that can help to replenish the beach after large waves and storm events, and they help prevent inland flooding by creating a buffer between the ocean and coastal buildings and infrastructure.

How Dunes Work

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DUNE AND ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROGRAM

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Contact information:
Wesley Crile
Coastal Dune Restoration Specialist
wcrile@hawaii.edu

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