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State of the coast 2014

March 18-20,2014

New Orleans, LA


The Water Institute of the Gulf is proud to announce its role as a partner with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to host the State of the Coast 2014 Conference taking place March 18-20, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. This conference will build off the success of the 2012 conference by constructing an interdisciplinary forum providing relevant scientific research and socio-economic information to attendees representing a diverse array of Louisiana coastal interests. The Water Institute will contribute its resources and expertise on the current state of coastal research, applied science and engineering projects.

The State of the Coast (SOC) Conference is the largest state-wide conference of its kind providing an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) partner to produce this forum, the need for which grows with every acre of land lost to the Gulf.  

SOC14 will consist of three full days of presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. More than 900 scientists, land owners/managers, federal and state agency personnel, local officials, industry and business leaders, resource users, and interested citizens will be in attendance at the 3rd iteration of this biennial conference.

The mission of SOC is to provide a forum to learn from recent advances in science and engineering as they relate to coastal Louisiana, to ensure that relevant and current knowledge is applied to existing and future coastal restoration and protection efforts, and to use that information to effectively inform management, policy and decision making.  

SOC focuses on the challenge of a dynamic working coast.  Louisiana’s coastal landscape is rapidly changing, from continued deterioration of the coastal wetlands, to injuries from storms and other events, to changes in ecosystem service capacity, politics, and economics.  This conference will focus on the challenges facing Louisiana as we acknowledge a dynamic environment, an uncertain future, and a continue efforts toward a sustainable landscape.  

For more information regarding State of the Coast please go to www.stateofthecoast.org or email stateofthecoast@crcl.org