MEDIA ADVISORY: Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana Press Conference

American Geophysical Union to livestream Dec. 13 event

BATON ROUGE – Millions of people who live in coastal communities, from fishing villages to megacities around the world, are threatened by dynamic and changing landscapes. The threats are most acute near coastal river deltas, where the combination of sea level rise and land sinking, or subsidence, contribute to relentless coastal land loss. Coastal Louisiana is losing land at a faster rate than anywhere in the U.S. Subsidence and reduced sediment loads from rivers are among the chief factors contributing to land loss. Leading experts will report on new and innovative approaches to measure and predict the globally significant problem of subsidence for coastal and inland communities in Louisiana and around the world in this press conference.

WHAT: Canary in the Coalmine: Subsidence in Coastal Louisiana Press Conference


·         Samuel Bentley, LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics professor and Billy and Ann Harrison chair in sedimentary geology

·         Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Vokes Geology professor

·         Mead Allison, Tulane University Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering professor and chair and The Water Institute of the Gulf director of physical processes & sediment systems

·         Cathleen E. Jones, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology radar scientist

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 1:30-2:15 p.m. (Central Time)

WHERE: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center, Rm. 346-347.



Members of the media can register to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans for free.


Additional Links:

Global Risks and Research Priorities for Coastal Subsidence, EOS:

LSU Presenter Program at AGU:

AGU Media Center:

AGU Fall Meeting Press Conference Schedule:



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LSU Media Relations