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Virtual Meeting

COPRI LA Virtual Meeting - Reflecting on Louisiana and California Approaches to Sea Level Rise

COPRI LA Chapter is hosting a free virtual presentation Reflecting on Louisiana and California Approaches to Sea Level Rise, given by Victoria Curto, PE (CA, LA, AL) on behalf of Moffatt Nichol.

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COPRI LA Virtual Meeting - Reflecting on Louisiana and California Approaches to Sea Level Rise
COPRI LA Virtual Meeting - Reflecting on Louisiana and California Approaches to Sea Level Rise

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Aug 24, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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About the Event

In the United States 127 million people live in coastal areas, out of which 2 and 26.3 million people live in coastal Louisiana and California, respectively. Both states are home to invaluable coastal assets including rich ecosystems, port, commercial and recreational activities. However, coastal California and Louisiana are vulnerable to unique stressors such as tsunamis, storm surge, and sea level rise (SLR).

Louisiana has an alarming high rate of land loss, while California is primarily exposed to the effects of SLR. Because they have different levels of risk, the two states have different adaptation strategies. Louisiana has a statewide Master Plan to respond to land loss which includes marsh creation, sediment diversions, ridge restoration, shoreline protection, barrier island restoration, and hydrologic restoration.

California’s approach is concentrated at a local level with adaptation measures consisting of three categories: protection, accommodation, and retreat. While Louisiana and California follow multiple approaches to SLR, Louisiana due to its sense of urgency has focused on protection and accommodation measures, and California focuses on retreat. Rather than highlighting the differences between then, the successful measures taken by Louisiana and California could be learned from one another and implemented so that both states can enhance their coastal resilience.

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