A GIS for the Louisiana Coastal Zone

by Louis D. Britsch, US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, United States,
E. Burton Kemp, III, US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


The U. S. Army Engineer District, New Orleans is responsible for collecting, interpreting, and publishing large amounts of data related to engineering geology, subsidence, and land loss in Louisiana. In order to facilitate and enhance the archival, retrieval, and manipulation of these data sources for solution of engineering problems a Geographic Information System (GIS) was developed. This GIS will allow a Zenith Model 248 microcomputer or equivalent to be used to portray land loss in terms of the time period in which it occurred, where it occurred, and the rate at which it occurred throughout the entire Louisiana coastal zone. When this information is combined with subsidence and engineering geology data it provides the New Orleans Engineer District a unique and valuable tool for land loss analysis.

Subject Headings: Land subsidence | Geographic information systems | Coastal environment | Information systems | Information management | Data collection | Systems management | Mapping | Louisiana | United States | New Orleans

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