Wednesday, April 15 | 3:30 p.m.
Estuary & Ocean Science Center | Bay Conference Center
This event will be available via livestream.
Rosenberg Institute Spring Seminars scheduled for March are closed to the public to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus through social contact among people at large public gatherings. Please see COVID-19 updates from SF State for additional details.
Planning for the future of coastal Louisiana: Data, models and decision-making
Denise Reed, Professor Gratis, University of New Orleans
Abstract: Coastal Louisiana has lost over 1800 square miles of coastal wetlands since the 1930’s, over 25% of the wetland area that then existed. The causes vary across the coast and include combinations of natural processes and human modifications, mostly to hydrology. In the future these processes are exacerbated by accelerating sea-level rise. Since the early 1990’s concerted efforts to restore wetlands have been underway, and the 2017 Coastal Master Plan includes an ambitious combination of water management and dredged material placement. The decisions on which projects to move forward is based on decades of research, an unprecedented network of monitoring stations, and numerical models that allow agencies to predict the effects of individual projects and their interactions. The presentation will discuss how scientific data and modeling tools are used to support these decisions, and the models are refined over time as new data and research increase knowledge about the coastal system.
Bio: Denise Reed is a coastal geomorphologist by training, with a BA and PhD degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and has lived and worked in the US for over 30 years. She has studied coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems, and for more than two decades has been directly involved in restoration planning in coastal Louisiana. Her work in the Bay-Delta has included field studies of tidal marshes, numerous boards and advisory panels, and recently the development of a science plan for Delta Smelt. Denise is currently a member of the National Academies’ committee on Everglades restoration and is a member of NOAA Science Advisory Board.
See the full Spring Seminar Series HERE.