OUR PROJECTS

In Louisiana and around the world, the Institute’s team of researchers bring decades of accumulated coastal and water management knowledge to the challenge that face coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems. 

Lower Trophic Level Inventory

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform exploded resulting in the most massive oil spill in American history. As part of the respon...

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Chincoteague Inlet Modeling Study (CIMS)

The region surrounding Chincoteague Inlet and adjacent Chincoteague, Assateague, and Wallops islands is a dynamic system experiencing rapid change ass...

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Lower Mississippi River SmartPort & Resilience Center

With grants from The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Agency, the State of Louisiana and other partners, The Water Institute of the ...

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Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force

The Water Institute of the Gulf (Water Institute) is closely advising the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities (GOCA) in managing a one-year planni...

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NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP)

In June 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced a new five-year cooperative agreement with the Institute under t...

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Louisiana Watershed Initiative

Rather than making decisions based on city or parish boundaries, Louisiana recognized that floods are not limited by these artificial lines. As a resu...

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Quilmes-Rio de la Plata Research Project Risk and Resilience in Coastal Louisiana

The city is considering two major projects that will critically impact its future: The development of the coastal fringe and the work along the two “a...

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Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2020

Coastal land loss in Louisiana, despite the best efforts of scientists, planners, and residents, is expected to continue. According to the State of Lo...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Southwestern Division (SWD) Civil Works Strategic Plan

The Institute led a team with partners ILSI/Arcadis to aid the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District (SWG) in conducting a Strengths,...

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Policy Research and Future Directions of Applying Engineering With Nature® in USACE Programs

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature® Initiative works toward better integration and alignment of traditional “grey” infrastru...

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Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS)

The goal of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is to improve the health, function, and connectivity of southeastern ecosystems by ...

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Coastal Carbon Sinks

In August 2020, Governor John Bel Edward signed two climate change related executive orders link with the first designed to improve coastal resilience...

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System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP)

Since the early 1990s, a number of project-specific monitoring efforts have been established by state agencies and other entities. Comprehensive monit...

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Louisiana Coastal Neotectonics and Subsidence Expert Panel

The Water Institute of the Gulf assembled an expert panel composed of recognized experts in the fields of neotectonics/subsidence and geomorphic/sedim...

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FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners Special Project: Flood Insurance Public Service Announcements

The Institute is a FEMA Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) for FEMA Region 6 and the State of Louisiana. The Institute’s CTP Program Management activ...

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Louisiana Barrier Island System Management (BISM): Structured Decision-Making

There has been a multidecadal effort in Louisiana to restore these rapidly degrading barrier islands, which has been effective in preserving and prote...

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Flood Risk Awareness System Development

Probabilistic weather forecasts provided to the public – e.g., a 30% chance of heavy rain showers that will likely causes localized flooding - are dif...

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Louisiana Adaptive Management Status and Improvement Report: Vision and Recommendations

While the idea of using adaptive management as part of coastal restoration work has been around for years, it is complicated to implement. There are m...

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Houston's Resilience Strategy

On Aug. 25, 2017, the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas causing widespread damage and flooding. According to the Harris County Flood ...

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City of Covington: Flood Response Plan Development

In March 2016, heavy rainfall events created severe flash flooding in the city, prompting city leaders to look for a new approach in order to prepare ...

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Dutch Dialogues® Charleston

Situated on a peninsula between two rivers and exposed on a third side to the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston, South Carolina, is increasingly exposed to n...

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Connecting local knowledge and scientific understanding

Between 1932 and 2010, Louisiana’s coastal area lost more than 1,800 square mile of land through a variety of means including erosion, subsidence, lac...

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Coastal Hydrologic Consortium

The Consortium intends to jointly develop, pursue and complete research projects that advance the science, engineering, modelling and understanding of...

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Blue Carbon

A recent report from the National Academies (National Research Council, 2015) recommends “research and development investment to improve methods of ca...

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Statewide Water Resources Framework

Louisiana isn’t normally known for a lack of water, but there are several aquifers around the state where demand has highlighted the need for better i...

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Long-term strategic water sustainability plan

The Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District (CAGWCC) was created by the Louisiana Legislature through Act 678 of 1974 due to concerns in the r...

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Planning for ecosystem-based adaptation in the Pacific island countries

Pacific island countries and territories are highly vulnerable to climate change. In the next few decades, these countries will face increasing threat...

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Partnership for Our Working Coast

Planned Port Fourchon improvements will result in millions of cubic yards of dredged materials that should be put to beneficial use. The challenge is ...

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NWF Barataria Salinity Project

Understanding the historical temporal and spatial patterns of salinity in the Barataria Basin is important not only to better understand and manage th...

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Supporting the Working Coast

Land loss, sea level rise, subsidence, and storms increasingly threaten the economic sustainability of Gulf coastal areas at a time when populations a...

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National Center for EEcological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) – Coastal Restoration Working Group

Conservation and development challenges around the world are complicated and cross the arbitrary borders between ecological conservation and sustainab...

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RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportun...

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The Natural Classroom Project

Bayou Gross Tete-Grand Bayou is impaired for both fish and wildlife propagation – due to problems with amounts of dissolved oxygen, nitrate/nitrite, t...

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Mid-Barataria Engineering Modeling Support

In 2015, The Water Institute of the Gulf developed a basin-wide model for the Louisiana Coastal Area, which was applied to study various scenarios wit...

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Lower Barataria Basin and Lower Breton Sound Sediment Diversion Feasibility Study

Diversion site selection required new in-depth knowledge of the morphodynamic and water constituent transport properties in both the lower river syste...

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Hydrodynamic modeling for the Fritchie Marsh

This project was intended to gain insight into the hydrodynamics of Fritchie Marsh, a wetland system on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain region w...

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Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan

The loss of more than 1,800 square miles of coastal land endangers far more than just wetland ecosystems. Louisiana’s coastal area is home to more tha...

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“This is your shield…this is your estuary”

Although coastal restoration and protection is sometimes thought to only require technical input, coastal communities around the world also hold valua...

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Looking for blue crab preferences in a changing coastal environment

Despite coastal land loss, Louisiana’s coastline and estuaries support some of the most productive and economically important fisheries in the Gulf of...

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Impact of black mangrove expansion in coastal Louisiana

With fewer winters experiencing extended periods of freezing temperatures, the black mangrove has been expanding in south Louisiana for the past 20 ye...

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Relationships between salinity and short-term soil carbon accumulation rates from marsh types across a landscape in the Mississippi River Delta

Many of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands depend upon the annual cycle of birth and death of plant material to help build up soil height as a way of trying...

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Calcasieu Ship Channel salinity control project

The Calcasieu Ship Channel connects the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Lake Charles, but it also serves as a conduit for salt water to move into Calcas...

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Identifying how communities respond to disasters

Although there has been good work (see the Louisiana Coastal Atlas) on defining when and where Louisiana’s residents have moved throughout the state o...

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A Louisiana Coastal Atlas: Resources, Economies, and Demographics

Although tropical storms loom large in Louisiana’s history and in dictating population shifts over time, it really only tells a small portion of the s...

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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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Development and application of a hydrological model in the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

In 2011, an extended drought in southeastern Texas led to elevated salinity levels in a number of locations throughout the Anahuac National Wildlife R...

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Tracing Amite River sediment in the wake of the August 2016 flood

A heavy rain turned into a deluge in August 2016, ultimately resulting in more than 19 inches of precipitation falling in Baton Rouge and more than 31...

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Finding the right flow

Estuaries, wetlands, and swamps depend upon the constant inflow of fresh water to sustain the ecosystem’s balance of plants and animals as well as pro...

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Transport Thresholds for Fine Sediment in Vegetation

The primary objective of this project was to develop a standardized data collection methodology for monitoring fine sediment transport and retention w...

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Assessing Risk and Resilience in Coastal Louisiana

Existing risk assessment frameworks commonly use engineering approaches to address economic damages. Societal risk information can be quantified and m...

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Finding the Means: Investment and Adaptation in Vulnerable Communities

The study sought to identify the main social tipping point(s) in the implementation and/or funding process for nonstructural residential programs at w...

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Social Return on Investment

The Water Institute team has completed multiple SROIs and each have undergone rigorous third-party review and been accredited through Social Value Int...

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COAST (Coastal Advocacy through Science Training) Program

To support the long-term sustainability of Louisiana’s coast, community and culture, this program was designed to bring together native communities in...

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Environmental Competency Groups and Participatory Modeling

This separation has resulted in planning- and project-level models built solely on technical observation and analysis of natural processes. Despite it...

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Models and Coastal Project Prioritization: The ICM, CLARA, and Planning Tool

The Water Institute worked collaboratively to co-develop the ICM which predicts environmental changes within Louisiana’s delta and chenier plain wetla...

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Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan: Coastal Louisiana Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)

The Water Institute of the Gulf actively supported the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) in bringing the best research ...

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Investigation of Sediment Infilling of Channel Bars in the Lower Mississippi

The Water Institute was tasked by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to identify, investigate, and summarize the physical process...

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