Coast + Environment

LSU and Louisiana lead the world in addressing pressing problems related to coastal land loss, sea level rise, and hurricanes. This is why LSU has 260 faculty actively working on coastal research. As a national Sea Grant university and through its extension services in every parish, LSU puts science to work for Louisiana communities.

New Orleans flood depth model

LSU Partnerships Improve Storm Surge Forecasts for Louisiana, Nation

Ahead of Hurricane Ida and throughout last year’s record-breaking hurricane season, more people than ever turned to LSU’s Coastal Emergency Risk Assessment (CERA) tool, which visualizes storm-surge predictions, to help protect communities and assets from flooding.

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LSU’s Coastal Roots Program Helps 26,000 School Kids Fight Louisiana Land Loss

Investing in education and restoration efforts with elementary, middle, and high school youth.

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Tangipahoa’s Big Idea: LSU Helps Flood-Prone Louisiana Parish Rise to Challenges

In the wake of the 2016 floods, which devastated not just Tangipahoa Parish but turned 21 south Louisiana parishes into federal disaster areas, faculty and students in the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio and LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering began collaborating with local government and communities to set Tangipahoa Parish on a path toward resilience.

Taylor Barnett

Sustainability through Diversity: Global Non-Profit Partners with LSU Manship

When the Louisiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a global environmental organization with more than one million members and the largest such non-profit in the U.S., realized they needed more diverse messaging—and messengers—to reach more people in local communities, they turned to the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

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LSU Helps Homeowners Tackle the True Cost of Flooding

LSU scholars in construction management, oceanography and coastal sciences, sociology, and psychology are working to gather data on the economic, equity, and emotional aspects of living in an increasingly flood-prone place, and provide homeowners with better guidance.

Arthur Johnson

Lingering Pandemic + Another Hurricane? LSU Helps Coastal Communities Prepare

In the very first study to look at impacts of the ongoing pandemic on hurricane preparedness and resilience in Louisiana, researchers at LSU Health New Orleans partnered with more than two dozen community leaders to help validate facts on the ground and turn observations into actionable data.

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LSU of Alexandria Collaborates with USDA to Investigate Trees Infested by Beetles in Wake of Big Storms

Students and faculty at LSU of Alexandria are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to document the impact hurricanes and tornadoes have on insects in southern forests. Their goal is to protect Louisiana’s top agricultural industry.


LSU Alumni at the CPRA: From Purple and Gold to Engineering a More Vibrant Louisiana

Charged with Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) puts its hands into the water, sand, mud, and dirt between New Orleans and Lake Charles—and beyond—on a daily basis.

Andre Rovai

LSU Works with NASA to Foretell the Fate of the World’s Deltas—from Space

While some deltas die, others thrive. LSU scientists are now collaborating with NASA to map the Mississippi River delta region.

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LSU Innovation in Enhanced Oil Recovery Could Mean Billions for Louisiana

Getting more oil out of the ground: smarter, cheaper, and in a more efficient and environmentally sound way.

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The Magnificent Mangrove

Leveraging blue carbon and coastal, natural systems in Louisiana to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and clean the air.

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Transforming Carbon Dioxide Into an Industrial Resource

LSU researchers are working on alternatives to petroleum and natural gas as sources of carbon to manufacture key chemicals—in Louisiana—for products we rely on every day, such as soap and shampoo, PVC pipes, phones, polyester fabrics, and medical devices.

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LSU Improves Fuel Cell Technology, Draws Interest from General Motors, Toyota

Fuel cell electric vehicles can be a powerful and equally green alternative to battery-driven electric vehicles—especially when those vehicles are large and have to go far, and the batteries required would get too big and heavy to be practical, such as in trucks and commercial airliners.

Oyster researchers

Protecting the Sensitive Oyster

LSU researchers are helping to protect what some call “the canary in the ocean” since it often is the first victim of environmental change—the luscious and delicate oyster.

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Bringing Big Data to Farms

Tensas Parish farmer Mead Hardwick and his family work in close collaboration with LSU to optimize yields and fertilization management, while lessening their footprint on the environment.