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University Park ONLY: Formative Assessment
What Makes Coastal Communities in Louisiana so Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding?
Analyze hypothetical storm surge impacts on communities on the Louisiana coast from Google Earth and online tools.
There are five activities in this section that will help you answer that question "What Makes Coastal Communities in Louisiana so Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding?". You will:
- Use Earth Explorer or Google Earth to find and explore location and elevation of Isle de Jean Charles, LA.
- Measure and plot linear distance and elevation to calculate slope of Louisiana coast.
- Manipulate a 1-D surge model by entering parameters for shelf slope, wind velocity, and water depth in order to appreciate how the angle of slope of the bed and the nearshore coastal land influences the height of storm surge. Source of model: (LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).
- Estimate storm surge heights for an community located several km from the shoreline (our example is Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana).
- Compare Isle de Jean Charles with a community nearby that is protected by at more than one other layer of defense (levee, natural ridge, etc.) – example community – Montegut.
Note: You will need to download the Worksheet below to complete and turn in your assignment.
Instructions will be provided in the text of each activity.
Download the Worksheet (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.7MB Sep7 16)
Download the Rubric (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Sep7 16)
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