Coastal Land Loss

Coastal Land Loss

Phoenix's Vital Effort to Hold Back the Water

Planting Bald Cypress on newly formed land (Source: PC)

Louisiana's coast is constantly changing - and rapidly shrinking. Investigate the causes of coastal land loss, the proposed solutions, and test ideas on how to protect the city of Phoenix and nearby communities.

Guided Review

Each module will include a combination of readings, videos, and online resources to create an immersive virtual experience. This review is also intended to inspire further investigation, so please explore the resources available below as well as the associated Environmental Explorations.

Guided Exploration

Each session includes guidelines and materials to explore the featured topic. Our guided explorations are also designed with space for educators to make the sessions their own!  Use the included materials, or draw from the Resource Toolbox below to tweak the sessions for your specific needs.

Resource Toolbox

Use these curated resources from a wide variety of organizations to learn more about coastal land loss. Watch a video or listen in on a webinar. Focus on what kinds of questions the data can answer. Share your lesson plans with us, and we will add them to the collection! Find answers to your questions.  Review Relevant Terms...

Articles & Reports

Articles on coastal land loss, the impacts of land loss in Louisiana, and the principles of land formation for use by you and your students.

DIY Resources

Instructions for hands-on, DIY activities to explore the processes of erosion, deposition, and flooding.

More Lesson Plans

Lesson plans and activities focusing on coastal land loss from the Carleton College Science Education Resource Center, UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, and more.

Online Resources

Interactive tools including NOAA/Sea Grant's Coastal Resilience Index, LSU's Coastal Voices project, a land loss historical comparison viewer, and more.

Webinars & Other Courses

Virtual and in-person lessons addressing multiple aspects of coastal land loss and other environmental topics.

Various Data

A variety of data including CPRA maps of ongoing coastal management projects, maps of land change over time, tree survival rates, and more.

Videos & Podcasts

Includes a podcast with Zion Travelers Cooperative Center (ZTCC), a community organization in Plaquemines Parish, videos from Sea Grant's "Voice of the Sea" series, a TEDx talk about coastal land loss, and more.