Friday, June 19, 2015

UNO Gets $225,000 U.S. Geological Survey Grant to Study Louisiana's Coastline 

Louisiana shoreline

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 principal investigator.

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.