Coastal Research

Coastal Research

We are situated in a prime location for studying coastal environmental sciences as we have access to 397 miles of coastline and the Mississippi delta. Our students and faculty work on the most pressing environmental issues today including coastal land loss, sea level rise, hurricanes and climate change.

Mississippi River

LSU engineers and scientists conduct new research on where Mississippi River mud moves to speed up land growth and slow down erosion. LSU research informs coastal planners on current and future erosion, sediment deposits, and plant growth to mitigate land loss. 

Research Works for the Coast


photo: rainy day on campus

Louisiana Sea Grant produced the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards and distributed copies to coastal residents to help them reduce their risk and property damage from storms, wind, and flooding. 

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.

LSU uses high-performance computing and the latest field data to predict the impacts of relative sea level rise, tides, wind waves, and hurricane storm surge that can affect flood maps, flood insurance rates, and coastal development.

Research Works on Hurricane Impacts


Storm Forecasting

Computer scientists, coastal scientists and engineers at LSU are working to improve a critical tool that is widely used to predict the effects of large storms as they approach the coast. They are making the ADCIRC multi-scale coastal circulation computer model faster and more dynamic. With nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population living near the coast, the scientists' work may impact millions of peoples' lives. The STORM Project is funded by the National Science Foundation.


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