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Spanning an array of subjects and formats, The Water Institute of the Gulf’s reports provide an in-depth look at the work we do. Please refer to Our Projects to learn more about individual projects.

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2017 Coastal Master Plan: Model Improvement Plan

posted on 03.14.2014

Water Institute, Author

A suite of individual modeling tools was developed for use in the 2012 Coastal Master Plan.  The models were used to estimate the individual and cumulative effects of hundreds of projects on the landscape and ecosystem and the level of impact and risk to communities.  The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana wishes to utilize modeling tools to support the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, building upon existing technical efforts where possible. CPRA tasked The Water Institute of the Gulf with coordinating the technical tasks and experts needed to refine existing modeling tools and develop new tools for use in the 2017 Coastal Master Plan.

An Approach to Identifying Environmental and Socio-economic Performance Measures for Coastal LA

posted on 05.08.2013

Denise Reed, Ann Hijuelos, Author

This report identifies key indicators that can be used to track the progress of CPRA's programs and achieve the goals of restoration and protection described in Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Numerous individuals assisted in the development of the report , including a number of local experts and stakeholders that participated in two workshops at The Water Institute.

Data Management Plan

posted on 07.15.2013

Water Institute, Author

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) creates, consumes, and disseminates large amounts of electronic data during its day-to-day operations. As such there is a need for a Data Management Plan which provides guidance regarding a data management system and the data contained within. A product of the combined efforts of the scientific community and data managers, this document communicates the resource requirements, policy needs, data handling procedures, and storage structures necessary to develop and maintain a data management strategy that facilitates access to data associated with the state of Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration efforts.

Peer Review of Analytical Model Technical Reports

posted on 01.25.2013

Water Institute, Author

As part of development of its 2012 Coastal Master Plan, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority sponsored the development of a suite of predictive models. This project engaged national experts to review reports describing these models. These reviews helped ensure that the reports were complete and accurate. The reviews also provided guidance for improving the models going forward.

Review of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction Evaluation

posted on 01.15.2013

Water Institute, Author

In response to requests from Senator David Vitter and Colonel Ed Fleming, The Water Institute of the Gulf engaged in an ‘over the shoulder review’ of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hurricane Isaac Pre- and 2012 100-year Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System Evaluation. This included a quick turnaround review of the report draft. The comments provided by the Institute are included in the USACE final report as an Appendix. The final report reflects changes in response to those comments.

To view the full USACE Report (including comments from the Institute) please click here.

Science and Engineering Plan

posted on 01.15.2013

Water Institute, Author

This document identifies the principles, goals, and priorities that will govern The Water Institute’s initial research activities for the state of Louisiana. The document was prepared pursuant to a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between The Water Institute and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.