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1 August 2013 Planning Tool to Support Planning the Future of Coastal Louisiana
David G. Groves, Christopher Sharon
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Groves, D.G. and Sharon, C., 2013. Planning tool to support planning the future of coastal Louisiana.

Coastal Louisiana's built and natural environment faces risks from catastrophic tropical storms. Concurrently, the region is experiencing a dramatic conversion of coastal land and associated habitats to open water and a loss of important services provided by such ecosystems. Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) engaged in a detailed modeling, simulation, and analysis exercise, the results of which informed Louisiana's 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. The Master Plan defines a set of coastal risk-reduction and restoration projects to be implemented in the coming decades to reduce hurricane flood risk to coastal communities and restore the Louisiana coast. Risk-reduction and restoration projects were selected to provide the greatest level of risk-reduction and land-building benefits under a given budget constraint while being consistent with other objectives and principles of the Master Plan. A RAND project team, with the guidance of CPRA and other members of the Master Plan Delivery Team, developed a computer-based decision-support tool, called the CPRA Planning Tool. The Planning Tool provided technical analysis that supported the development of the Master Plan through CPRA and community-based deliberations. This article provides a summary of the Planning Tool and its application in supporting the development of Louisiana's Master Plan.

David G. Groves and Christopher Sharon "Planning Tool to Support Planning the Future of Coastal Louisiana," Journal of Coastal Research 67(sp1), 147-161, (1 August 2013).
Received: 13 November 2012; Accepted: 1 February 2013; Published: 1 August 2013
coastal planning and management
interactive decision support
planning under uncertainty
Robust decision making
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