Applied Research. Technical Support.

The Water Institute is a not-for-profit, independent applied research and technical services institution with a mission to help coastal and deltaic communities thoughtfully prepare for an uncertain future. Through an integrated and inter-disciplinary approach, our work helps to create more resilient communities, thriving economies, and a healthy environment.


Dedicated to the future of our coast

Ambassador James Joseph Chair of the Board

The Institute understands that to solve the complex challenges that our coastal communities will face into the future, we must bring an integrated approach that bridges traditional research activities and focuses our applied studies at the intersection of the environment, the economy, and the human dimension.

The Institute and partners with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme work in Fiji to provide information leaders can use to make better climate change adaptation decisions.

Supporting the Working Coast

More than two million people live in Louisiana’s coastal zone, many in communities that face increasing risk of flood from storms or severe rain events. The industries many residents depend on for their livelihood are no different. At the same time, ...

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Identifying the vulnerability of critical infrastructure

When storm surge and extreme rainfall events innundate an area of coastal Louisiana, it’s not just homes and businesses that receive damage. Critical ...

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Rethinking the River

By Alexander S. Kolker, Alyssa M. Dausman, Mead A. Allison, Gary L. Brown, Philip Y. Chu, Kim de Mutsert, Catherine E. Fitzpatrick, Jessica R. Henkel,...

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