From Unnatural Metropolis to Coastal Crisis: Hazards as a Way of Life in Louisiana

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Craig Colten
Chairs: Craig Colten


Coastal Louisiana has a lengthy, and somewhat notorious, history as a hazardous place. From the founding of New Orleans, its citizens have coped with challenges presented by this perilous setting. LSU geographers have been at the forefront of tracking and mapping environmental change and hazards in Louisiana’s littoral for decades. Since the pioneering work of Sherwood Gagliano in the 1970s faculty, students, and alumni of LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology have played prominent roles. This session will use An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans as a point of departure to foreground current geographic scholarship on the state’s officially declared “coastal crisis.” A physical scientists, GIS specialist, social scientist, and humanities scholars will present the most recent scholarship on land loss, economic and natural resource challenges, human migration, and public policy to contend with this situation. Their presentations will highlight the range of geographic issues and approaches to managing the coastal crisis.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Craig Colten Louisiana State University 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Brady Couvillion*, U.S. Geological Survey, Holly Beck, U.S. Geological Survey, Donald Schoolmaster, U.S. Geological Survey, Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana (1932 to 2016) 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Scott Hemmerling*, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Monica Barra, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Putting Social-Cultural Values on the Map: Incorporating Local Knowledge into Ecological Restoration Assessments 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Christopher Dalbom*, Tulane University Law School, From Planning to Implementing: Law and Policy as both Catalyst and Inhibitor for Coastal Adaptation 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Jessica Simms*, , The Vanishing Isle de Jean Charles: A Resettlement at the Community Scale 20 4:40 PM

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