Workshop: Extending the Horizons of Coastal Risk Management

New Orleans skyline at sunset

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May 4, 2016


11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
First Floor Auditorium
938 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

About the Workshop

New Orleans and the State of Louisiana have been on the forefront of coastal resilience planning, between the city's recent Resilience Strategy and Urban Water Management Plan and the state's comprehensive and integrated 50-year coastal protection and restoration master plan. These plans will help city planners and stakeholders navigate significant changes in the coming decades by guiding billions of dollars of current and future investments.

RAND and its Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) collaborators are launching a research project that may help decisionmakers in New Orleans consider how even longer-term trends will affect the city, leading to insight that could help implement or further evolve current plans. Specifically, the RAND-SCRiM project will

  • Consider coastal changes over the 50-100 year time horizon
  • Explore how sea level rise and other uncertainties could affect the city over this longer time horizon
  • Evaluate how societal transformations over the course of the next century could affect future risks
  • Incorporate emerging methodologies on developing adaptive management strategies.

In this workshop, RAND and SCRiM experts will present some of the latest climate science relevant to resilience and coastal flood risk planning for New Orleans, and conduct a long-term visioning exercise. Additionally, presenters will engage participants and seek feedback on early versions of a decision support tool that will explore extended horizons for coastal risk management.

About the Project Partner

Centered at Penn State University, SCRiM links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at RAND, 19 universities, and four other research institutions across six nations. The network brings state-of-the-art climate science and decision support methodologies to help address the question, "What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?"

Attending this Event

This is an invitation-only event. If you're interested in attending or learning more, please email