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Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign


The lives and livelihoods of our residents are affected by the challenge of wetland loss along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development partnered with the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group and LSU Graphic Design Student Office to create three visually-focused, interactive story maps to illustrate Louisiana’s vanishing coast, potential impacts from future land loss and coastal storm surge-based flood risk on critical Louisiana infrastructure assets and services such as roads and bridges, healthcare, and education system facilities.

Date: 8/6/2018

Environmental Economics

Regional Impacts of Coastal Land Loss and Louisiana's Opportunity for Growth

This study includes a detailed evaluation of the economic linkages across coastal Louisiana to assess the economic risks facing different parts of the state created by land loss. In addition, we assess the economic benefits of pursuing the state's Coastal Master Plan.

Date: 3/22/17

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Connection to the Coast-Linking Commercial Fishing to Coastal Communities

This project included compiling historical data related to Louisiana commercial fishing activity with a focus on the location of land-based operations, areas fished and the link between the two. The data generated through this project provide historical context that can be used to investigate how commercial fishing activity has changed over time or study how this activity may adapt to future change. These summaries tend to show significant variation across species group and geography in the distances traveled by commercial fishing license holders and provide new insights on the distribution of activity across land and water as well as the connections between land and water.

Date: 1/26/16

Economic Evaluation of Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana

This two-year study conducted by the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group and the RAND Corporation quantified economic impacts of ongoing and future land loss in Louisiana, demonstrating a need and justification for Coastal Master Plan project expenditures that can save billions during future storm events. The report examines potential economic implications of Louisiana’s land loss through a spatial analysis that layered future land loss and storm surge scenarios from the 2012 Coastal Master Plan onto today’s economy. Our approach examined both fixed assets and flows of economic activity occurring within the coastal zone, as well as their cascading effects throughout the state and the nation.

Date: 12/15/15

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Contracting Preferences for RESTORE Act-Funded Project

This report outlines best practices in contracting that will maximize the local economic benefits of large-scale environmental restoration projects funded by the RESTORE Act. Commissioned by Oxfam America, the report provides recommendations developed in partnership with the International Economic Development Council to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

Date: 12/4/13

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Mississippi Green Jobs Study

In 2011, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security released a series of reports that collectively constituted the most comprehensive assessment of Mississippi's green economy. We were the lead research partner on the project, which was funded by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Research products included industry profiles, career pathways, a survey of Mississippi employers, and an assessment of the economic impact of green-related economic stimulus spending, as well as opportunity for growth. The final research products from our collaboration were published by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, but an overview of the green economy in Mississippi is offered in our survey report below.

Date: 11/30/11

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Louisiana Green Jobs Study

In 2011, the Louisiana Workforce Commission released a series of reports that collectively constituted the most comprehensive assessment of Louisiana's green economy. We were the lead research partner on the project, which was funded by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Research products included industry profiles, career pathways, a survey of Louisiana employers, and an assessment of the green economy's economic impact, as well as opportunity for growth. Because of the importance of large-scale investments expected in coastal restoration to the state, we placed special emphasis on this cluster of activities, which are featured in several reports. The final research products from our collaboration were published by the Louisiana Workforce Commis​sion, but an overview of our work can be found in the summary report below, as well as a full archive of the 36 reports we contributed to the project.

Date: 11/30/11

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