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Processes affecting coastal wetland loss in the Louisiana deltaic plain

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Abstract

Nowhere are the problems of coastal wetland loss more serious and dramatic than in the Mississippi River deltaic plain region of south-central Louisiana. In that area, rates of shoreline erosion of 20 m.yr and loss of land area of up to 75 km/yr result from a complex combination of natural (delta switching, subsidence, sea-level rise, storms) and human (flood control, navigation, oil and gas development, land reclamation) factors. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as part of the National Coastal Geology Program, has undertaken joint filed investigations with Federal, State, and university partners. The objective of these long-term studies is to gather and interpret baseline information in order to improve our scientific understanding of the critical processes and responses responsible for creation, maintenance, and deterioration of coastal wetlands.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Processes affecting coastal wetland loss in the Louisiana deltaic plain
ISBN:
087262918X
Volume
1
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
Coastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
First page:
211
Last page:
219
Number of Pages:
9
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
Conference Location:
New Orleans, LA, USA
Conference Date:
19 July 1993 through 23 July 1993