Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

TitleRestoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDay, J. W., D. F. Boesch, E. J. Clairain, G. P. Kemp, S. B. Laska, W. J. Mitsch, K. Orth, H. Mashriqui, D. J. Reed, L. Shabman, C. A. Simenstad, B. J. Streever, R. R. Twilley, C. C. Watson, J. T. Wells, and D. F. Whigham
JournalScience
Volume315
Issue5819
Pagination1679-1684
Date PublishedMAR 23 2007
ISBN Number0036-8075
KeywordsBASIN, INTENSITY, LAND LOSS, LOUISIANA COAST, PLAIN, RIVER DELTA, SEDIMENTATION, USA, vegetation, WETLAND LOSS
Abstract

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita showed the vulnerability of coastal communities and how human activities that caused deterioration of the Mississippi Deltaic Plain (MDP) exacerbated this vulnerability. The MDP formed by dynamic interactions between river and coast at various temporal and spatial scales, and human activity has reduced these interactions at all scales. Restoration efforts aim to re-establish this dynamic interaction, with emphasis on reconnecting the river to the deltaic plain. Science must guide MDP restoration, which will provide insights into delta restoration elsewhere and generally into coasts facing climate change in times of resource scarcity.

DOIDOI 10.1126/science.1137030
Reference number

552

Short TitleRestoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Citation Key552