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Feasibility Study for Low-Cost Hurricane-Resistant Buildings Made of Earth Blocks

The team will perform a feasibility study of a new low-cost hurricane-resistant residential construction system from the points of view of structural strength, architectural aesthetics, and economics. This project has potential to provide housing opportunities for low-income Louisiana families residing in hurricane-prone coastal areas. Team Michele Barbato – Associate Professor...

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Megatrends – Dynamic Coast

Statistical scenario modeling of emerging megatrends to optimize the cost‐effectiveness and sustainability of coastal restoration in the Mississippi River Delta. The ways in which several non-stationary forcings exert significant influence on the landscape and the feasibility of coastal restoration remain under-examined. These parameters include sea level rise, hurricane intensity, Mississippi River discharge, patterns of water level variability, energy cost, and...

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WA|VE: Waterway Information for Vessels Smartphone App

The project team is working to develop a smartphone reference application for commercial fishermen to use both onshore and offshore in the Vermilion Bay area, a major commercial fishing region. When a hurricane is in the forecast, this app will provide information to commercial fishermen to increase their storm preparedness...

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CSS Announces New Projects Fund Recipients

CSS has selected 4 teams of LSU researchers for funding through our New Projects Fund. The Fund supports innovative research, design, and outreach projects that involve collaboration between a variety of academic perspectives. The goal of the Fund is to contribute to adaptive, resilient, and sustainable human communities in the...

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Events, Research

Evaluating Social-Ecological Vulnerability of Oyster Reef Resource Users to Environmental Variation

The project will quantitatively assess the provision of ecosystem services on (restored) oyster reefs in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and explicitly determine how the delivery of services affects social-ecological vulnerability of resource users and coastal citizens using an exposure-sensitivity-adaptive capacity framework. Team Rachel Dowty Beech, Co-Director, Disaster Science & Management Program...

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