Resilience and Sustainability of the Mississippi River Delta as a Coupled Natural-Human System

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October 2018
268 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-256-3 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-257-0 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Resilience and Sustainability of the Mississippi River Delta as a Coupled Natural-Human System that was published in

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The Mississippi River Delta is home to more than two million people and is a hub for energy, transportation, and petrochemical industry of national importance in the United States. It is also home to 40% of coastal wetlands in the contiguous United States, which provide natural habitats for hundreds of species of fish and wildlife, as well as for millions of migrating birds in North America each year. However, this delta has been losing land at a rapid speed and its existence is being seriously threatened. A number of factors have contributed to the current situation, including reduced riverine sediment supply, coastal land erosion, subsidence, and sea level rise. In an attempt to determine resilience of the Mississippi River Delta, this book collected 14 articles that present the latest assessments of the river delta in five aspects: 1) riverine processes and sediment availability, 2) sediment deposition and land creation, 3) wetland loss, saltwater intrusion and subsidence, 4) community resilience and planning, and 5) review and synthesis. This holistic approach to investigating a river delta as a coupled natural-human system can be applicable for assessing other populated and industrialized deltaic regions in the world.<false,>
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channel bars; fluvial geomorphology; channel dynamics; sediment transport; lowermost Mississippi River; hydrograph-based sediment assessment; sand transport; extreme event analysis of sands; Tarbert Landing; Mississippi River; wetland accretion; Hurricane Isaac; Coastal Reference Monitoring System (CRMS); Mississippi River; flooding; rainfall; storm surge; coastal vulnerability; coastal infrastructure vulnerability index; coastal Louisiana; Gulf of Mexico; climate change; subsidence rates; Mississippi Delta; coastal Louisiana; land loss; sustainability; Bayesian kriging; erodibility; texture; sediment retention; Louisiana coast; Mississippi delta; Mississippi delta restoration; diversions; 1927 flood; Breton Sound; community resilience; Lower Mississippi River Basin; the Resilience Inference Measurement (RIM) model; disaster recovery; coastal hazards; spatial analysis; multivariate statistics; planning; resilience; adaptive governance; community rating system; NFIP; baldcypress swamp; saltwater intrusion; Louisiana; wetland restoration; wetland assimilation; coastal marsh; Mississippi River; Usumacinta/Grijalva Rivers; Gulf of Mexico; continental shelf productivity; plume dynamics; ecosystem resilience; delta vulnerability; climate change; Mesoamerica; DLEM; MAPSS; Taxodium distichumNyssa aquatica swamp; coastal forested wetlands; hydrologic alteration; saltwater intrusion; Mississippi River diversion; estuaries; salt transport; circulation; wavelet analysis; Mississippi River delta; coastal sustainability; community resilience; coupled natural-human dynamics; river deltas; Mississippi River Delta; river deltas; coupled natural-human system (CNH); resilience; sustainability; Mississippi River Delta; Gulf of Mexico