NESTA Session: Geologic Processes of Coastal Louisiana and the Impacts of Hurricanes: Can New Orleans Survive?

This presentation will focus on the overall geologic development of coastal Louisiana focusing on understanding the Holocene geomorphology of the delta and chenier plains. In other words, it will be a big picture overview of why coastal Louisiana looks the way it does from a geologic perspective. Dr. McBride will discuss oceanographic processes and their role in the development of major hurricanes and the resulting storm surge impacts.

Bio: Dr. McBride is an associate professor of geology at George Mason University. Prior to joining George Mason University, Dr. McBride spent 14 years in Louisiana working at the Louisiana Geological Survey, Coastal Geology Section, in Baton Rouge, and at the Coastal Studies Institute at Louisiana State University. He also worked as a geological consultant on the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989 and 1990. He earned his PhD in 1997 from Louisiana State University in oceanography and marine geology.

Presenter(s): Randolph A. McBride (George Mason University: Fairfax, VA)

Venue name if any: 
Bissonet Ballroom, New Orleans Marriott
Fee for participation: 
New Orleans
Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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