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Coastal Research

LSU has been a world leader in coastal research for more than 60 years, tackling today’s most pressing challenges including coastal land loss, sea level rise, hurricanes, and climate change.

Mississippi River

LSU engineers and scientists use the nation’s largest working model of the Mississippi river to research where and how valuable sediment in the Mississippi River moves in order to speed up land growth and slow down erosion.

Research Works for the Coast


photo: rainy day on campus

LSU engineering, architecture, and agricultural economics faculty are testing new low-cost, hurricane-resistant residential construction materials that would help protect the homes of low-income families living in hurricane-prone coastal areas.

LSU oceanographers, engineers, and computer scientists are improving upon latest computer models to help state emergency response teams predict hurricane storm surge and potential damages more accurately.

Research Works on Hurricane Impacts


Storm Forecasting

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population lives near the coast, leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to hurricanes and storm surge. LSU computer scientists, coastal experts and engineers are working to make the ADCIRC multi-scale coastal circulation computer model, a critical tool widely used to predict the effects of large storms, faster and more dynamic.


Coastal Roots

Through the LSU Coastal Roots program, more than 15,000 youth have planted 127,365 seedlings and grass plugs on 309 coastal restoration trips. 


photo: gulf coast marsh