Syed M. Khalil, Beth M. Forrest, Mike Lowiec, Beau C. Suthard, Richard C. Raynie, Ed L. Haywood, Quin Robertson, and Jeffrey L. Andrews, 2020. “Overview of statewide geophysical surveys for ecosystem restoration in Louisiana”, Shore & Beach 88(1), 102-109. http://doi.org/10.34237/10088112
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Overview of statewide geophysical surveys for ecosystem restoration in Louisiana
Syed M. Khalil (1), Beth M. Forrest (2), Mike Lowiec (2), Beau C. Suthard (2), Richard C. Raynie (1), Ed L. Haywood (1), Quin Robertson (3) and Jeffrey L. Andrews (2)
1) CPRA, 150 Terrace Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802, corresponding author: Syed.Khalil@LA.GOV
2) APTIM, 2481 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, FL, 33431
3) Coastal Protection Engineering LLC, 5301 N. Federal Highway, Suite 335, Boca Raton, FL, 33431
The System Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) was implemented by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to develop an Adaptive Management Implementation Plan (AMIP). SWAMP ensures that a comprehensive network of coastal data collection/monitoring activities is in place to support the development and implementation of Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration program. Monitoring of physical terrain is an important parameter of SWAMP. For the first time a systematic approach was adopted to undertake a geophysical (bathymetric, side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profile, and magnetometer) survey along more than 5,000 nautical miles (nm) (excluding the 1,559 nm currently being surveyed from west of Terrebonne Bay to Sabine Lake) of track-line in almost all of the bays and lakes from Chandeleur Sound in the east to Terrebonne Bay in the west. This data collection effort complements the regional bathymetric survey undertaken under the Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) Program in the adjacent offshore areas. This paper describes how a study of this magnitude was conceptualized, planned, and executed along the entire Louisiana coast. It is important to note that the initial intent was to collect bathymetric data only for numerical modelling for ecosystem restoration and storm surge prediction. Geophysical data were added for oyster identification and delineation. These first-order data also help comprehend the regional subsurface geology essential for sediment exploration to support Louisiana’s marsh and barrier island restoration projects.