Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lafayette Scientists Update Coastal Maps ran this story Saturday, reporting scientists in Lafayette are creating updated, super-detailed maps to help show how land loss has changed wetlands all along the Louisiana coast. The U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center is developing the maps with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory, a program that maps wetland and aquatic habitats. The information is provided to governments, universities and private companies for coastal restoration research and planning. The data hasn’t been updated for 21 years until now.
“The more current information we have, the better,” Suazo said. “When you set aside even the average annual wetland loss rate, and just think about the extreme events of hurricanes Rita and Ike, we’ve made significant losses since 1988.”

More here.

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