The University of New Orleans is the recipient of a one-year $225,000 grant from the
U.S. Geological Survey to continue to study Louisiana's evolving coastline. The project
is part of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's (CPRA) Barrier
Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program, which provides long-term data on all of Louisiana's
beaches, barrier islands and mainland shorelines.
From 2006-2010, UNO researchers developed some of the first baseline data for this
project. Starting this summer, they will collect an additional 1,500 sediment samples
from around the sand and shell-rich barrier shorelines of coastal Louisiana in an
effort to update previously collected samples.
"Data gathered during this project will provide important information regarding the
sedimentary character of the Louisiana shorelines and will be used for applied research
focused on understanding coastal evolution and coastal mitigation strategies," said
Mark Kulp, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and the grant's
According to Kulp, the advantage of the Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program
over other current, project-specific monitoring efforts is that it will provide data
on all of Louisiana's coastline and barrier islands, not just on those areas where
coastal restoration projects have been built. As a result, more long-term data will
be available to not only evaluate constructed projects but for planning and designing
future barrier island and other shoreline projects.