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U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana, 2004-08 By John A. Barras.

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1 U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana, By John A. Barras Suggested citation: Barras, J.A., 2009, Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3080, scale 1:250,000, 6 p. pamphlet. See pamphlet for references cited. Presentation to accompany Scientific Investigations Map 3080

2 Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana,

3 Deltaic Plain Lake Pontchartrain Lake Borgne Chandeleur Sound Breton Sound Barataria Bay East Bay West Bay Terrebonne Bay Gulf of Mexico

4 Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana, Marginal Deltaic Plain West Cote Blanche Bay Atchafalaya Bay Vermilion Bay Gulf of Mexico Atchafalaya River Freshwater Bayou Gulf of Mexico

5 Land Area Change and Overview of Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Louisiana, Chenier Plain Gulf of Mexico Freshwater Bayou Sabine Lake Gulf of Mexico White Lake Calcasieu Lake Grand Lake

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8 Figure 1. Net land area change by period and physiographic province in coastal Louisiana, 2004–08.

9 Figure 2. Net land area change in coastal Louisiana, 1956–2008. The net decrease in land area is estimated at 3,841 km 2. Estimates of land area change from 1956 to 1978 and 1978 to 2004 are from Barras (2008).

10 Conclusion Although the net reduction in land from 2004 to 2008 (849.5 km 2 ) exceeds that from 1978 to 2004 (743.3 km 2 ) (Barras, 2008), it is likely that the 2004–08 estimate will decrease given time for the coast to recover from those hurricane seasons. Nevertheless, it is likely that the cumulative loss from these hurricane seasons will remain significant. Estimation of permanent losses cannot be made until several growing seasons have passed and the transitory impacts of the hurricanes are accounted for.


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