Reports

Spanning an array of subjects and formats, The Water Institute of the Gulf’s reports provide an in-depth look at the work we do. Please refer to Our Projects to learn more about individual projects.

Adaptive Management Framework for Coastal Louisiana

The Water Institute of the Gulf, with guidance and input from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and from an Adaptive Management ...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #6

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a sixth time on October 27-28, 2016 to provide expert advice to the state on issues ...

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National Flood Insurance Program: Impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012

Concern over the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) imposed by the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12) that likely will impo...

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Review of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction Evaluation (September 2012)

In response to requests from Senator David Vitter and Colonel Ed Fleming, The Water Institute of the Gulf engaged in an ‘over the shoulder review’ of ...

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Science and Engineering Plan

This document identifies the principles, goals, and priorities that will govern The Water Institute’s initial research activities for the state of Lou...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #3

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a third time from October 27 to October 29, 2014 to provide expert advice to the sta...

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Peer Review of Analytical Model Technical Reports

As part of development of its 2012 Coastal Master Plan, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority sponsored the development of a suit...

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Into the Blue 2050

Baton Rouge and the Capital Region possess a tremendous environmental and economic asset in our freshwater resources. If we act now in a collaborative...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #1

The Expert Panel was organized and established by The Water Institute of the Gulf to provide independent advice as plans are refined for implementing ...

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Risk Reduction for Water-Based Hazards Latin America & Caribbean

The Water Institute of the Gulf released a report that proposes collaboration among organizations and coastal communities in Louisiana and Latin Ameri...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #4

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a fourth time from February 11 to February 13, 2015, to provide expert advice to the...

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Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit

The Louisiana Coastal Adaptation Toolkit, co-authored by Craig E. Colten and Garrett C. Wolf, is designed as a general reference that provides resourc...

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SWAMP Version I

The System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) has been envisioned as a long-term monitoring program to ensure a comprehensive network of c...

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Researching Uncertainties Related to Sediment Diversions

This project, funded by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), focused on the development of a work plan to address critical technic...

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Social Impact Assessment Methodology for Diversions and other Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Projects

The Water Institute of the Gulf convened an expert panel to help develop a methodology for conducting social impact assessments for sediment diversion...

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Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions

Bridging scientific working groups with community input, the “Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through rest...

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An Approach to Identifying Environmental and Socio-economic Performance Measures for Coastal LA

This report identifies key indicators that can be used to track the progress of CPRA's programs and achieve the goals of restoration and protection de...

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SWAMP Version III

The purpose of this report is to describe the development of a coast wide monitoring plan for Louisiana with specific implementation recommendations f...

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Expert Panel on Greater New Orleans Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction System Design Guidelines

An independent technical peer review was conducted of the design guidelines used to develop the New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction ...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #2

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a second time from April 29 to May 1, 2014 to provide expert advice to the state on ...

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CPRA Data Management Plan

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) creates, consumes, and disseminates large amounts of electronic data during its day-to-day ope...

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Scenario Building Workshops

During the spring of 2014, The Water Institute of the Gulf conducted scenario-building workshops to help key stakeholders and coastal communities iden...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #5

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation met for a fifth time on August 4 to provide expert advice to the state on issues pertaining ...

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Synthesis Report Series: Trends in oil and gas infrastructure, ecosystem function, and socioeconomic wellbeing in coastal Louisiana

Understanding historical changes in infrastructure density, ecosystem function, and socioeconomic wellbeing in coastal Louisiana can support better ma...

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Methodology for Producing a Coastal Louisiana Report Card

The Water Institute of the Gulf, with guidance and input from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, was tasked to develop methodology for ...

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Diversion Expert Panel Report #7

The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation (Panel)  met for a seventh time on August 31, 2016 with a follow-up discussion on September ...

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Creating a System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program for Coastal Louisiana (SWAMP)

A System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is being developed to ensure a comprehensive network of coastal data collection activities to ...

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Coastwide and Barataria Basin Monitoring Plans for Louisiana's System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP)

The purpose of the Coastwide and Barataria Basin Monitoring Plans for Louisiana’s System-Wide Assessment and Monitoring (SWAMP) Version II is to descr...

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Assessing the Cost of Coastal Land Creation Using Dredged Material

This report looks at the number of factors that influence the cost of building coastal land using dredged material and recommends cost-saving measures...

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Geomorphic Evolution of the Coupled Raccoon Pass and West Belle Pass Barrier Spit, Louisiana

Made of the remnants of former Mississippi River Deltas, barrier islands stretch across Louisiana’s coast. As a first line of defense against storm su...

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Transplanting Communities Facing Environmental Change: An Annotated Bibliography on Resettlement

Through hurricanes, floods, oil spills and other hazards, the people of Louisiana’s coast have one of the highest rates in the country of people livin...

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Future Costs of Marsh Creation Projects in Coastal Louisiana

This study looks at how costs of marsh creation can change over time and some of the factors that influence those changes. Done for the Coast Builders...

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Development of Real Time Forecasting System

Real-Time Forecasting tools that use weather forecasts and hydrological or coastal numerical models are powerful tools that can provide the opportunit...

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