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October 19, 2021

Below are maps, studies, articles, and interactive graphics regarding Louisiana towns that are in danger of disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these items also explore the hard choices that the state has to make about which communities to save—and which to let go.




Photo: William Widmer/The New York Times

The New York Times: Left to Louisiana's tides, a village fights for time

"Louisiana’s 'working coast' is dotted with communities that, like Lafitte, may not outlast the people who currently live there: Cocodrie, Delacroix, Dulac, Grand Isle, Isle de Jean Charles, Kraemer, Leeville, Paradis, Pointe-aux-Chenes, Venice."

Read the NYT story

Photo: Julie Dermanski/Quartz

Quartz: The US is relocating an entire town

“I mean, heavens, if you can’t move 50 people, how do you move 100,000? And if you do successfully move 50, what does that tell you might be possible elsewhere?” —Mark Davis, Director, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy

Read the Quartz story

The Times-Picayune: State is buying Isle de Jean Charles relocation site for $11.7 million


Eli Keene/National Geographic

National Geographic: Disappearing landscapes in Louisiana—when Google Maps can't catch up

"We stop at the town’s old cemetery, marked by a sole wooden cross...Although the Pointe Aux Chenes community still thrives up the bayou, it is eerie to traverse a landscape dotted with the carcasses of trees and imagine what was once here: a school building and houses; horses and cattle. A homeland."

Read the Nat Geo story


2012 and 1965 maps of Buras, Louisiana

NOAA: Geographic names disappear from charts, but not from history

NOAA's historical map and chart collection tool allows users to compare today's shorelines with the same geographical sites as they appeared in the past.

Search NOAA's historical maps

Photo: NASA/USGS Landsat

Pro Publica/The Lens: Losing ground

An award-winning reporting and interactive graphic project that explores the causes of Louisiana's land loss as well as the cultural, economic, and environmental costs of it.

Explore the Pro Publica/Lens project

Blum & Roberts 2100 map: Louisiana's disappearing towns


Blum & Roberts: Drowning of the Mississippi delta


Changing course: Navigating the future of the lower Mississippi delta

Competing science and engineering teams from around the world were tasked with developing 100-year visions for restoring and sustaining Louisiana’s eroding coast for the people, communities and industries in the region. All of the winning teams found that the state's southernmost communities should be abandoned.

Browse the project


NOAA sea-level rise viewer

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's sea-level rise viewer shows not only predicted sea-level rise, but also flood frequency, marsh migration, population vulnerability, and local scenarios.

Use interactive tool



Louisiana land loss collection


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