CEDD Research

Coastal dune ecosystems are highly dynamic, sensitive systems that provide habitat for a plethora of endemic, migratory and endangered species. They are also among the rarest and most threatened ecosystems in North America. The objective of the Coastal Erosion & Dune Dynamics (CEDD) lab is to examine the erosion, morphodynamics and restoration of sandy beach-dune systems and explore linkages to land use changes and climatic change impacts. We also study recent geological (late Quaternary) changes in coastal landscapes using LiDAR and various dating techniques. The CEDD program builds on existing strengths and partnerships in Canada and abroad to provide applied research on coastal erosion, beach-dune geomorphology and restoration, terrestrial sand transport dynamics, and past landscape reconstructions. Recent and ongoing research projects include: