Learn More About Neptune Pass: The Mississippi River’s Largest New Distributary
Kolker et al recently presented on Neptune Pass: the Mississippi River’s Largest New Distributary at the American Geophysical Union’s 2022 Fall Meeting In Chicago, IL. Abridged and unabridged versions of the presentation available for download below. Abridged Version: Unabridged Version:
Dr. Alex Kolker Appears on FranceInfo
President Emmanuel Macron of France visited New Orleans on December 2, 2023; when he met with state and local leaders to highlight the important of French-Louisiana linguistic and environmental connections. I was thrilled to speak with FranceInfo about climate change in Louisiana, at the marine center where I work. Click on the link to watch…
Is New Land Being Created in Louisiana? Dr. Alex Kolker Speaks With WWL
I spoke with Tommy Tucker of WWL First News about Neptune Pass — the largest new channel in the Mississippi River to develop in decades. This is a large, complex water system — this spring carries 10 times more water than the Potomac River. The decisions people make about how to manage this system should…
Managing the Rapidly Changing Mississippi River
My team and I are studying this fascinating and evolving system. I spoke with Nola.com about how we documented “3,000 acres of sediment fields rising to 6 inches below the surface of nearby Quarantine Bay that was 6 to 8 feet deep just three years ago.” Click here to read the full article.
Louisiana Teaching the World About Coastal Change
What are lessons Louisiana can teach other parts of the world about coastal change? Here are some insights from an interview I gave to France 24. Click here to read the English language article, where I talk about what we’re doing in South Louisiana to reduce the risks from extreme weather events.
Climate and insurance create a perfect storm of challenges for Louisiana
Like a lot of people in Louisiana, the company that provided my homeowners insurance went bankrupt this year. Finding a new insurance company was stressful, though a kind and capable insurance agent made the process a little easier. I eventually obtained coverage through Louisiana Citizens, our state-run insurer of last resort. My annual premium increased…
An Expensive Climate Change Solution That’s No Solution at All
It is the height of hurricane season. While we do not know every impact of this year’s tropical weather, one thing is almost certain: somewhere, someone will flood. After a community floods another thing is almost certain: community leaders will ask for money to build a levee. Levees, flood walls, and other, “hard,” forms of…
A new storm is brewing in struggle over climate change: homeowner’s insurance
I learned that my insurance company was filing for bankruptcy too late on a Friday to do anything about it, so I called my insurance agent first thing the following Monday morning. Her response, delivered politely and compassionately was effectively, “get in line.” She was dealing with the fallout from two other companies that were…
Discharge Study At Bayou Tortillon Alexander S. KolkerLouisiana Universities Marine Consortium H. Dallon WeathersDelta Geo-Marine Read The Technical Report On A Developing Crevasse At Bayou Tortillon.
A Way To Address Emerging Technologies In Climate PlansAlexander S. Kolker, Ph.D. Louisiana now has a climate plan, adopted on February 1 of 2022, that seeks to put the state on a path to net zero emissions by 2050. However, this plan relies on a range of technologies that are not yet in widespread use. This…