Using the CoastalEcological Landscape Spatial Simulation (CELSS) Model for Wetland Management

by Robert Costanza, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,
Fred H. Sklar, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,
John W. Day, Jr., Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


A spatial simulation model was constructed to help understand the historical changes in the Atchafalaya/Terrebonne marsh/estuarine complex in south Louisiana and to project impacts of proposed human modifications. This paper summarizes the history of the Louisiana coastal land loss problem and suggested solutions; briefly discusses the model's structure, data base, and degree of fit with historical data (these are covered more fully in previous publications); discusses the uses and implications of the model, particularly as regards the estimation of the impacts of canals and levees on coastal marsh systems; and outlines the potential interface between the model and management agencies to provide solutions to pressing coastal management problems.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Simulation models | Coastal management | Computer models | Landscaping | Structural models | Land use | Coastal engineering | Louisiana | United States

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