RAND Supports Development of Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan

RAND Research Contributed to Development of the 2012 Master Plan

Louisiana developed its 2012 Coastal Master Plan to guide the state's coastal investments and help its coastal citizens plan for the future. The projects in the plan strike a balance between providing immediate relief to hard hit areas and laying groundwork for the large-scale efforts that are needed to protect communities and sustain Louisiana's landscape.

RAND played a prominent role in supporting the development of the State's plan through the development of two models: a new hurricane flood risk model to assess effects of projects designed to reduce damage from flooding; and a planning framework and decision support model, called the Planning Tool, to develop and compare different coast-wide groupings of risk reduction and restoration (land-building) projects.

As the website of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) says, CPRA built "world class science and engineering expertise into our decisions, so we could focus our resources wisely."

The Louisiana legislature unanimously approved the Master Plan on May 22, 2012, after several months of public comment and review. The plan's technical appendices, including RAND's contributions (Appendix D25 and Appendix E), are available on the Louisiana website. A presentation given by Policy Researcher David Groves to the 2012 State of the Coast conference, "Applying a Planning Tool for the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan," is also available.

RAND has been conducting research on coastal restoration and water management since the 1980s. Some of the work we have done is featured below.

  • Houses are partially submerged in flood waters after a Hurricane Isaac levee breach in Braithwaite, Louisiana August 31, 2012

    Bringing Sustainability to the Louisiana Coast

    Policy Researcher David Groves describes RAND's role in helping to develop a plan to guide Louisiana's coastal investments, help its coastal citizens plan for the future, and create a sustainable coast.

    Jun 5, 2012