Coast + Environment

LSU and Louisiana lead the world in addressing pressing problems related to coastal land loss, sea level rise, and hurricanes. This is why LSU has 260 faculty actively working on coastal research. As a national Sea Grant university and through its extension services in every parish, LSU puts science to work for Louisiana communities.

Andre Rovai

LSU Works with NASA to Foretell the Fate of the World’s Deltas—from Space

While some deltas die, others thrive. LSU scientists are now collaborating with NASA to map the Mississippi River delta region.

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The Magnificent Mangrove

Leveraging blue carbon and coastal, natural systems in Louisiana to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and clean the air.

Fuel cell membrane

LSU Improves Fuel Cell Technology, Draws Interest from General Motors, Toyota

Fuel cell electric vehicles can be a powerful and equally green alternative to battery-driven electric vehicles—especially when those vehicles are large and have to go far, and the batteries required would get too big and heavy to be practical, such as in trucks and commercial airliners.

Products made from petrochemicals

Transforming Carbon Dioxide Into an Industrial Resource

LSU researchers are working on alternatives to petroleum and natural gas as sources of carbon to manufacture key chemicals—in Louisiana—for products we rely on every day, such as soap and shampoo, PVC pipes, phones, polyester fabrics, and medical devices.

Oil drilling rigs

LSU Innovation in Enhanced Oil Recovery Could Mean Billions for Louisiana

Getting more oil out of the ground: smarter, cheaper, and in a more efficient and environmentally sound way.

Oyster researchers

Protecting the Sensitive Oyster

LSU researchers are helping to protect what some call “the canary in the ocean” since it often is the first victim of environmental change—the luscious and delicate oyster.

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Bringing Big Data to Farms

Tensas Parish farmer Mead Hardwick and his family work in close collaboration with LSU to optimize yields and fertilization management, while lessening their footprint on the environment.


Helping Bees and Beekeepers

Bee populations have been in sharp decline in recent years and honey now ranks third in global food fraud. LSU researchers are working to protect both pollinators and beekeepers.

Port Fourchon

Securing Louisiana’s Energy Infrastructure

Building a protective cyber dome over Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the nation’s only offshore deepwater port.

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Sea Grant Keeps Louisiana Seafood Industry Afloat

When normal supply chains for Gulf seafood began breaking with the arrival of COVID-19, Louisiana fishermen needed to reach customers in new ways to keep their boats afloat and feed their families.