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LSU is one of 34 federally designated sea-grant universities in the nation, reflecting our important role in enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources to support a sustainable economy and environment. LSU has more coastal experts than any other institution in Louisiana. Their multidisciplinary expertise and collaboration is essential to addressing the current and deepening coastal preservation crises and mitigate the growing impacts of severe weather and rising seas on communities throughout Louisiana and around the globe.


Natural disasters are common, yet unpredictable. Louisiana is often the first to experience growing and shared challenges due to our geography and changing climate. Lives, communities, and assets along our coast are at urgent risk. As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU will continue to work for our state every day to advance solutions that impact communities worldwide. Our success in overcoming these challenges today will provide a roadmap for global decision-making in the future. 


LSU is solving coastal problems experienced by Louisianans today, with a focus on hurricanes, flooding, land loss, and sea-level rise. Consistent with our charge as the state’s sea-grant university, LSU will: 

  • Recruit new faculty and provide critical equipment upgrades to advance research capacity and productivity
  • Build upon existing areas of strength to achieve scalable solutions
  • Strengthen our state's position as a global leader in collaborative coastal research 





Graphic: 260 faculty focused on coastal resarch across the LSU university system


LSU EE&CS Professor Uses AI/ML to Predict Coastal Flooding

Hartmut Kaiser

More than half of the U.S. population lives in coastal watershed parishes or counties that generate 58 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. 

These coastal communities and infrastructure are especially vulnerable to wind and flooding due to tropical storms, hurricanes, and heavy rainfall. With the aid of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) techniques, LSU School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Adjunct Professor Hartmut Kaiser is working to improve their flood preparedness and mitigation capabilities.

Protecting House and Home: Louisiana’s Number-One Key to Resilience

LSU researchers, from coastal scientists and engineers to sociologists and psychologists, are working to protect Louisiana residents and homeowners from the potentially devastating impacts of flooding. From economics to equity to emotion and psychological well-being, there are solutions to living in a flood-prone state

Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.