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Loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana: cooperative research to assess the critical processes

Biological Report - US Fish & Wildlife Service

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Abstract

Erosion of the nation's shoreline and loss and deterioration of our coastal wetlands are widespread and serious problems that affect all regions of the US. As a result of natural and human-induced factors, the coastal plain of Louisiana, which contains 40% of the tidal wetlands in the conterminous 48 States, is undergoing the greatest amount of coastal erosion and wetlands loss in the nation. The barrier islands that provide a natural buffer for Louisiana's deltaic plain environments are experiencing erosion rates of 20m/yr, while wetlands losses are about 100km2/yr. In response to these problems and the lack of scientific understanding of the processes causing erosion and land loss, the US Geological Survey has, since 1986, conducted field investigations in Louisiana, working closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other Federal and State agencies. -from Authors

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana: cooperative research to assess the critical processes
Series title:
Biological Report - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Volume
90
Issue:
18
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Biological Report - US Fish & Wildlife Service
First page:
139
Last page:
144
Number of Pages:
6