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LSU is one of 34 federally designated sea-grant universities in the nation, reflecting our important role in enhancing the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources to support a sustainable economy and environment. LSU has more coastal experts than any other institution in Louisiana. Their multidisciplinary expertise and collaboration is essential to addressing the current and deepening coastal preservation crises and mitigate the growing impacts of severe weather and rising seas on communities throughout Louisiana and around the globe.


Natural disasters are common, yet unpredictable. Louisiana is often the first to experience growing and shared challenges due to our geography and changing climate. Lives, communities, and assets along our coast are at urgent risk. As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU will continue to work for our state every day to advance solutions that impact communities worldwide. Our success in overcoming these challenges today will provide a roadmap for global decision-making in the future. 


LSU is solving coastal problems experienced by Louisianans today, with a focus on hurricanes, flooding, land loss, and sea-level rise. Consistent with our charge as the state’s sea-grant university, LSU will: 

  • Recruit new faculty and provide critical equipment upgrades to advance research capacity and productivity
  • Build upon existing areas of strength to achieve scalable solutions
  • Strengthen our state's position as a global leader in collaborative coastal research 


Coastal Research in Action

Fish jumping in front of a boat with people on it

Southern Flounder Shows Population Decline, LSU CC&E Study Says

A healthy ocean ecosystem can provide a bounty of food and recreational opportunities for millions of people. In honor of World Fisheries Day, LSU's College of Coast & Environment is featuring recent work from our researchers as they strive to maintain healthy fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world.

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Let Nature Lead the Fight - Army Corps of Engineers Works with LSU to Protect Infrastructure

The US Army Corps of Engineers are looking to LSU's coastal expertise and commitment to national defense to help prepare military infrastructure and assets in coastal areas for the challenges presented by rising sea levels and other environmental hazards.

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LSU Leads Federal Study of Underwater Mudslides' Impacts in Gulf of Mexico

LSU coastal researchers and federal partners are trying to understand underwater mudslides around the Mississippi River Delta, home to significant energy infrastructure, as well as several old shipwrecks.

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Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.