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Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
The Risky Business Project is designed to apply risk assessment to the critical issue of climate change, and to take a sober, fact-based look at the potential risks facing specific sectors and regions of the national economy. As in a classic business risk assessment, we analyzed not only the most likely scenarios, but also the scenarios that, while less likely, could have more significant impacts.

Impact of a Category 1 Hurricane on Southwest Louisiana (NOAA)
This PowerPoint created by NOAA shows the same Category 1 hurricane landfalling in SW Coastal Louisiana in 2010, 2015, 2015, 2050 and 2100. The coastal elevation lost to sea level and the effects of the conversion to open water show the very large growth of the flooding that SW Louisiana will see with the same hurricane event now compared to the future.

National Climate Assessment: How Climate Change is Affecting Coastal Zones
Coastal lifelines, such as water and energy infrastructure, and nationally important assets, such as ports, tourism, and fishing sites, are increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise, storm surge, erosion, flooding, and related hazards. Socioeconomic disparities create uneven vulnerabilities.

What is your Coastal Flood Risk? (Burn Energy Journal)
Sea level rise is just one of consequences of climate change. Especially for the United States, which has 20 of the most threatened coastal cities in the world. See how rising seas will affect any coastal city in the U.S.

Status and Trends of Wetlands (USDA and NOAA)
This report, published in November 2013,  presents the latest status information on coastal wetland resources and provides estimates of losses or gains that occurred in the coastal watersheds in the conterminous U.S. between 2004 and 2009. The information presented provides data on the areal extent of wetlands but does not assess wetland condition or other qualitative changes to wetlands in coastal watersheds

Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan For Coastal Restoration
A ground-breaking planning effort by the Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority shows that while the future looks bleak, we have the opportunity to take bold action to save the coast and secure South Louisiana's future.

Blending Geospatial Technology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Enhance Restoration Decision-Support Processes in Coastal Louisiana
More informed coastal restoration decisions have become increasingly important given limited resources available for restoration projects and the increasing magnitude of marsh degradation and loss across the Gulf Coast. This research investigated the feasibility and benefits of integrating geospatial technology with the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of an indigenous Louisiana coastal population to assess the impacts of current and historical ecosystem change on community viability.

Louisiana Coastal Fact Sheet
A brief document that lays out facts about the Louisiana Coast and the unique challenges it faces. This fact sheet was created by Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoratoin Authority.

A Birder's Guide to Louisiana (Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Travel)
The rich ecosystems created by Louisiana's varied and unusual terrain form a nurturing habitat for vast numbers of birds, including both those that are native to the region and many that migrate to or through the area each year. Many state parks and national wildlife refuges around the state are havens for birdwatching and bird photography. The coastal marshlands offer access to some of the most unusual species of songbirds, raptors and water fowl. Take advantage of the many birding trails around the state to see Louisiana's natural beauty and some of its most beautiful inhabitants.

Gulf of Mexico Fact Sheet

A brief document published by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance details the value - economically and culturally - of the Gulf of Mexico.

A National Survey of Willingness to Pay for Restoration of Louisiana's Coastal Wetlands

A nationwide survey was conducted in the summer of 2011 via Knowledge Networks to estimate the willingness to pay for a large-scale restoration project in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in coastal Louisiana

Animation Showing Dams Built from the 1800 to 2003

This animation is courtesy of Dr. Irina Overeem, from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Bolder.

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National Geographic Magazine, December 1897

In the December 1897 issue of National Geographic Magazine contained an article called "The Delta of the Mississippi River" that stated "if certain levee structures where placed in a manner that fresh water and sediments, along with vital nutrients, were laid to waste off the mouth of the Mississippi River, their deltaic regenerative properties would be lost and unrecoverable."

Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy

A report from Datu Research LLC funded by Walton and EDF, "Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy," found that wildlife tourism attracts 20 million people annually to Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and contributes $5.3 billion in tax revenue to the government. 

Deltas + Watersheds: Comparative Geo-Spatial Research

Initiated and led by Derek Hoeferlin in 2011, Deltas + Watersheds is a multi-year research effort that investigates complex issues of water management in relation to design. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed  

USFWS released a report discussing their priorities around the Gulf region.  It includes several Great Waters, including some beyond the Gulf Coast like the Upper Mississippi.   

The Economic Impact of Reduced Dredging of the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is the highway to the vast central portion of the United States. Many of the commodities and goods produced in the heartland of the United States are brought to world markets via the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond to the world economies. This report was authored by Timothy P. Ryan, Ph.D.

Jobs and Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration 

Restoring our coasts can create more than 30 jobs for each $1 million dollars invested. That's more than twice as many jobs as oil and gas. This report was published by Restore America's Esturaries.

Coastal Concerns

An article that appeared in "State Legislature" focuses on the unique coastal issues facing Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal regions in the United States.

Review of Policy Conflicts to Large-Scale Restoration of Wetlands

This report drafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responds to the director's request that the Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation prepares a compilation of examples and issue discussions of policy conflicts and obstacles that hinder large-scale wetland restoration nationwide.

America's Gulf Coast Report

The report recommends leadership in overseeing the transition as well as the immediate establishment of a new Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. This intergovernmental structure will be lean, flexible, adaptive and able to rapidly incorporate the ideas of the communities it is designed to serve.

The Economic and Market Values of Coastal Restoration

This report produced by Restore America's Estuaries looks at the economics of restoration. Economics provides a framework for discussing and quantifying the effects that coasts and estuaries have on one aspect of personal wellbeing - our economic wellbeing.

Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment

How the Emerging Restoration Economy Offers New and Expanded Opportunities for Gulf Coast Businesses and Communities. This report was written by The Nature Conservancy and Oxfam America.

Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding To Climate Change Through Coastal Habitat Restoration

The purpose of this report published by Restore America's Estuaries was created to educate habitat restoration professionals, policy makers and the public on the impacts climate change will have on coastal habitats and the possible role habitat restoration could play in mitigating those impacts.

Facing The Elements: Building Business Resilience In A Changing Climate

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy has been studying and reporting on the economic risks and opportunities of climate change for Canada. Our Climate Prosperity program is advancing understanding of how and where climate change will impact our environment and economy and what we can do about it.

Louisiana's Top Coastal Accomplishments Since Katrina & Rita

This fact sheet from the office of former Louisiana Senator Reggie Dupre highlights Louisiana's top coastal accomplishments since hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

2007 Governor's Advisory Commission Report

The fifth report of the Louisiana's Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation was written just after the state had adopted.

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