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The Water Institute presents at a variety of technical and public meetings, workshops, and conferences. To request a specific presentation, contact us by clicking here.

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Historic and Current Carbon Storage in Four Marsh Habitats of Coastal Louisiana

posted on 06.30.2016

Leland Moss, Author

Leland Moss of The Water Institute presented insights into potential responses to future global climate change and coastal restoration at the 2016 State of the Coast Conference on June 1-3, 2016. The study is a joint effort with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Gulf South Research Corporation (GSRC) in studying carbon dynamics in four marsh types throughout Louisiana to help better understand how climate change or coastal restoration might influence soil carbon decomposition and accumulation in marshes.

Developing Subsidence Superstations in the Mississippi Delta

posted on 07.07.2016

Mead Allison, Author

The Water Institute co-sponsored the 2nd International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence in Venice, Italy. The workshop is a follow-up to the workshop organized by the Institute and held in New Orleans in November 2013. Mead Allison presented the Subsidence Superstation project and moderated various speaking sessions. The meeting provided new information to help improve our understanding of subsidence here in the Gulf and also concluded with a tour and presentation of the MOSE Tidal Surge Barrier being built around Venice. The barrier is designed to protect against high water events (acqua alta) that are putting the coastal city at risk. 

Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration in the United States

posted on 07.06.2016

Ryan Clark, Author

Ryan Clark of The Water Institute presented studies related to Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration in the United States at the National Conference on Ecoystem Restoration (NCER) held on April 18-22, 2016 in Coral Springs, Florida. NCER is an interdisciplinary conference that presents state-of-the-art science and engineering, planning, and policy in a partnership enviornment.  

Building Community Resilience Through Ecosystem Based Restoration

posted on 07.07.2016

Tim Carruthers, Scott Hemmerling, Monica Barra, Author

In an attempt to bring diverse environmental knowledge together and describe the connections between social-cultural values and ecosystem services, The Water Institute is conducting a series of workshops among scientists, environmental managers, and coastal communities to synthesize the extent and diversity of services that coastal ecosystems provide for communities. The goal is to assess the capacity of ecosystem based approaches to provide additional non-structural protection to enhance resilience in some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable coastal communities. Research encompasses using qualitative and geospatial research methods to facilitate discussions among coastal scientists, managers, and communities about natural, socio-cultural, economic, and protective value of ecosystems.

Branching Out: The Role of Mangroves in Coastal Louisiana

posted on 07.07.2016

Melissa Baustian, Author

Melissa Baustian of The Water Institute is examining how shifts from saltmarsh grasses to mangrove-dominated systems in Louisiana will influence the abundance of juvenile nekton and carbon flow through marsh food webs. The research is funded by the Louisiana Sea Grant and represents a collaborative effort with Louisiana State University.

System Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP)

posted on 07.07.2016

Ann Hijuelos, Scott Hemmerling, Author

The System Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) has been envisioned as a long-term monitoring program to ensure a comprehensive network of coastal data collection activities is in place to support the development, implementation, and adaptive management of the coastal protection and restoration program within coastal Louisiana.

Channel Bottom Morphology in Deltaic Reach of the Song Hau (Mekong) River Channel in Vietnam

posted on 07.07.2016

Mead Allison, Author

Mead Allison of The Water Institute shared studies related to examining the spatial distribution of bottom types in the channel between Can Thoand and the Ocean, to understanding how these distributions are controlled by changing sediment dynamics down the reach and with tide and discharge variation, and to comparing and contrasting with other systems (Mississippi Delta).

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Diversion Expert Panel #6

posted on 01.12.2016

Expert Panel, Author

Dr. William Graf, Panel Member, provided an update on the Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation, including an overview of the Panel’s sixth report. The recommendations in the sixth report build on the initial reports issued by the Panel. Dr. Graf presented at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's board meeting on January 13, 2016.

Observational Network Studies of Receiving Basin Dynamics Along the Lower Mississippi River in Coast

posted on 07.07.2016

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, Author

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane of The Water Institute displayed a poster at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) 23rd Biennial Conference held in Portland, Oregon on November 8-12, 2015. The poster presentation focused on the Coastal Master Plan future scenarios for developing a network of sediment diversions along the lower Mississippi River to strategically siphon river sediment into its disconnected receiving basins to build and sustain wetlands, offsetting the high rates of regional subsidence and coastal erosion. To assess the possible effects of this plan for restoration efforts, the present study examines four different scenarios representing four contrasting conditions in Barataria Basin, the receiving basin west of the Lower Mississippi River. 

Examining the Use of Submerged and Floating Aquatic Vegetation as Habitat for Juvenile Blue Crabs

posted on 06.30.2016

Kelly Darnell, Author

Kelly Darnell of The Water Institute presented findings of habitat use and complexities at the Coastal and Estuarine Federation (CERF) 23rd Biennial Conference held in Portland, Oregon on November 8-12, 2015. The objectives of the study were to assess use of SAV and FAV species as habitat for blue crabs in Louisiana and to examine drivers of potential patterns.