MODELING THE EFFECT OF LAND-BUILDING PROJECTS ON STORM SURGE AND HURRICANE WAVES IN COASTAL LOUISIANA
AbstractWetland loss on the hurricane-prone Louisiana coast continues at an alarmingly high rate. Coastal Louisiana is at risk of losing between 2118 and 4677 km2 of land over the next 50 years (Couvillion et al., 2013). To combat the devastating wetland loss, the Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan (CMP) called for sediment diversions along the lower Mississippi River to enhance sediment supplies to coastal wetlands and build more wetlands. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) plans to spend $2 billion on the Mid-Breton and Mid-Barataria sediment diversion projects. In this study, numerical experiments were conducted to quantify the effect of land-building projects on storm surge and hurricane waves in Barataria and Breton Basins of Louisiana.
Couvillion, Steyer, Wang, Beck, Rybczyk (2013): Forecasting the effects of coastal protection and restoration projects on wetland morphology in coastal Louisiana under multiple environmental uncertainty scenarios, Journal of Coastal Research, CERF, Special Issue No. 67, pp. 29-50.