Two students visiting LSU this fall toured coastal sites in early October. Victoria Alvarez Manjarrez is from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – Morelia Campus. She is an environmental studies student working with professor Kent Mathewson on the Berkeley School of geography approach to nature-society relationships. Guillaume Rieu is a political science student from Université de La Rochelle in western France. His primary interest in coastal flood management and he is working with Professor Craig Colten.
They accompanied Professor Colten on a field trip to see first hand the landscapes of coastal flood protection and coastal restoration. The trip included a drive down Bayou Lafourche, a stop to inspect the lock and levees at Golden Meadow, followed by a stop at Leeville to examine the threatened cemetery there. Next on the itinerary were the recreational landscapes consisting of beach houses raised more the 10 feet above the land surface and the sand barrier at Grand Isle. These features illustrated adaptations to the frequent hurricanes and their associated storm surge. Port Fourchon and its offshore oil industry service facilities underscored the commitment of Louisiana to the minerals segment of its economy. Finally, the group headed to Isle de Jean Charles where a major project is underway to assist residents who live in this perilous place to resettle inland.