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Our Mission

Our mission is to assist communities apply coastal science to optimize the protection, resiliency, wildlife habitat and beauty of the coastal dunes and beach system by promoting adoption of nature-based processes. We particularly emphasize the role of coastal dunes and methods to grow and protect them, including design of beach accesses that minimize damage to the dune environment, are aesthetically pleasing, economical over their life, easy to maintain and user-friendly.

Our Products and Services

The Dune Science Group provides coastal communities and residents with expert analysis & design to improve the resilience of their open water front beach and dunes while recognizing the importance of providing safe and convenient access to the beach for owners and guests.

To improve the dunes, we emphasize

  • Natural and nature-based approaches
  • Removal of invasive plant species that threaten dune stability
  • Goal of providing storm surge protection to FEMA standards
  • Improving dune habitat for threatened and endangered species
  • Preserving beauty of the dunes as a special place
  • Improved resiliency for beach nourishment projects

In developing beach access plans and facilities, we emphasize desire to

  • Maximize the dune’s value as upland protector and valued habitat
  • Provide user convenient access
  • At the lowest total lifetime cost
  • Most aesthetically pleasing designs

To make it all work we

  • Obtain all permits and easements required
  • Assist in grant application
  • Provide input and coordinate with related projects like beach nourishment efforts
  • Support community education and involvement
  • Procure and manage all required materials and services
  • Provide long term monitoring

Ready to save the dunes?