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Dane K. Behrens is a coastal geomorphologist and engineer in the Environmental Hydrology group at Environmental Science Associates. His focus is on leveraging research advances toward coastal lagoon restoration programs. Recently his work has centered on modeling the effects of climate change and management decisions on salmonid habitat in CA coastal lagoons.
Editors: Jill Slinger, Susan Taljaard & Floortje d'Hont Keywords: transdisciplinary research; coastal management; systems analysis; social-ecological systems; integrated environmental management; estuaries, inlets and bays; California; Republic of Ireland; The Netherlands; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Suriname The project Co-designing Coasts using na...
We investigate the evolution of the salt field in a bar-built estuary after the tidal inlet is closed by sediment, isolating the estuary from the ocean. We show that seawater trapped by inlet closure in the Russian River Estuary, CA, undergoes a two-stage landward intrusion process that leads to widespread salt stratification throughout the estuary...
Small, sandy coastal lagoons are common along the U.S. Pacific Coast, provide valuable habitat for salmonids, and are being squeezed by ongoing sea level rise and coastal development. These lagoons function as tidal systems when a connection (mouth) exists between the lagoon and ocean, and as salt stratified lakes when waves block the mouth with se...
By analysis of a unique and extensive photographic and written record spanning several decades, we characterized the spatial and temporal scales of morphological adjustment of the inlet of the Russian River Estuary, on the California coast. We paired this record with in situ measurements of beach features to create a dataset consisting of daily val...
Many tidal inlets experience closure every year. The process of inlet closure has been studied for many years, and a number of empirical, numerical, and analytical approaches have been developed. Although many approaches have shown promise in evaluating the susceptibility for an inlet to close when considering long time scales, few methods allow fo...
Growing interest in converting the energy of California’s ocean waves into electricity is matched by concerns regarding the potential effects of wave energy conversion technology on marine resources. This study finds ecological and socio‐economic challenges associated with wave energy conversion are likely to depend fundamentally on project scale a...