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Using TEK to model the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal cultural resources at Tolowa Dunes State Park, Del Norte County, California

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Vulnerability Assessment

This project obtained information regarding past catastrophic events, such as tsunamis, and TEK through oral history interviews with Tolowa elders regarding the effects of climate change and tsunamis on traditional smelt fishing camps; generated a GIS model of coastal inundation due to sea level rise and overlaid that with known archaeological and ethnographic resources; generated a final report with detailed information of past tsunami events, and modeled the potential effects of climate change and sea level rise on archaeological and ethnographic Tolowa sites using TEK and GIS based upon the results of this study.

Project Documents

Start Date 8/15/2012

End Date 3/30/2015

Project Status Completed


Fiscal Year Funded 2012

Project Managers Patrick Vaughan - California Department of Parks and Recreation

Partners Elk Valley Rancheria , Smith River Rancheria

Geographic Area California