Open-Access Land Loss Textbook

CHER is proud to present the second edition of Coastal Land Loss in Southeast Louisiana: An Advanced Introduction (click HERE to download), an open access mini-textbook provided free of charge to schools and libraries in Louisiana and beyond. Coastal Land Loss in Southeast Louisiana, 2nd Edition offers a basic overview of the causes and consequences of coastal erosion, subsidence, and sea level rise along the Gulf Coast of the Mississippi River Delta. The textbook is intended for use in advanced high school classrooms and introductory undergraduate courses. The above link provides access to the ebook version of the mini-textbook formatted as an archived .pdf file. We also have paperback hard copies available for use in schools, libraries, and other nonprofit institutions, which we will provide free of charge. Supplies are limited, however, and we are offering hard copies of the mini-textbook on a first come, first serve basis. If you are an educator and you would like to use the paperback version of our textbook in your class, please contact us the details provided below.

What's new in the second edition? We decided to published an updated second edition of this book because of some of the important things that have happened in the last year and to provide some further discussion of the controversy surrounding the proposed sediment diversion projects. In particular, the second edition describes the ecological impacts of the prolonged opening of the Bonne Carre spillway during the 2019 Mississippi River flooding. In addition, we provide a more thorough examination of projects such as the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, including the theory behind its design and problems with its potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

The Coastal Land Loss in Southeast Louisiana project is funded by generous grants from the RosaMary Foundation and the Clif Bar Family Foundation, and by individual donors. If you or your business would like to support this educational outreach project, please consider making a donation or contact us at the following details:

Grant McCall

Center for Human-Environmental Research

8436 Cohn St., New Orleans, LA 70118