Results and Accomplishments
One of the most important parts of the LCA Study was projecting conditions along the Louisiana coast over the next 50 years if no further restoration measures are completed. Scientists working as part of the LCA Land Change Study Group, including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and Louisiana universities, developed new land loss projections. They also incorporated current and projected land loss data into the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Model, which establishes a process to evaluate proposed restoration projects.
The Louisiana Coastal Ecosystem Model uses advanced technology to help scientists, elected officials, and the public see areas where land is projected to disappear. In addition to geospatial data, it uses animated computer simulations to show where land will slowly erode and slip into the sea. By actually seeing land loss models and visualizations, the public is better able to see what is at stake, and scientists can target restoration projects. These visualizations offer a common language for communication across scienti. c disciplines, political af. liations, private interests, and the general public.