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The Sandshed is the lab run by Dr. Kiki Patsch, assistant professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands. Dr. Patsch is developing student-centered classes and research projects targeted at understanding the physical and interdisciplinary processes shaping the coastal zone and developing science to inform coastal resilience decisions.

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The Nearshore Current

Blog posts from Dr. Patsch, students, and individuals involved in sandshed science.

Sand: What’s It Really Made Of?

Caller Hank wants to know where the sand on his central California beach came from. ELT gets the surprising scoop on how beaches are born. Guest: Kiki Patsch, California State University Channel Islands. Listen to the podcast!

Aug 20, 2020 Admin

King Tides

Check out the great memorandum put out by my friend Dave Revell, with Revell Coastal, explaining King Tides. I urge you all to get out early on Sunday and Monday (January 20 and 21, 2019) to experience the king tides at the coast near you. Remember, this is a good way to experience how a

Jan 19, 2019 Admin

What is the littoral cut-off diameter?

Very fine-grained sand, ranging from 0.0625 to 0.125 mm in diameter (4ø to 3ø), typically doesn’t remain on the exposed (dry) portions of most California beaches due to the high-energy wave environment. An investigation of littoral transport processes and beach sand in northern Monterey Bay (Hicks, 1985), discovered that there is a littoral cut-off diameter,

Aug 07, 2017 Admin

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