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Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Climate Change. The Nature Conservancy’s Climate, Risk & Resilience 2013 Learning Exchange. Col. Richard Hansen U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander, New Orleans District. Environmental Protection & Restoration. Support for Others. Recreation.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Climate Change

The Nature Conservancy’s Climate, Risk & Resilience 2013 Learning Exchange

Col. Richard Hansen

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Commander, New Orleans District

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Environmental Protection

& Restoration

Support for Others

Recreation

USACE: How We Serve the Nation

Navigation

Flood & Coastal

Storm Damage

Reduction

Emergency

Management

Hydropower

Regulatory

Water Supply

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Climate Change Affects All USACE Civil Works Missions

Emergency Management

Environmental Restoration

Recreation

Flood and Coastal Storm Risk Reduction

Water Supply

Navigation

NAVIGATION

slide4

USACE Climate

Adaptation Mission:

Bill Byrne, MA F&W

To improve resilience and decrease vulnerability to the effects of climate change

and variability

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MN

  • ND

MI

WI

MINNEAPOLIS

ST. PAUL

DUBUQUE

IA

ROCK ISLAND

IL

IN

KS

ST. LOUIS

KY

  • 2,800 miles of navigable channel
  • 973 miles of MR&T levees
  • 325 miles of hurricane levees
  • 18 locks and control structures

MO

CAIRO

OK

AR

TN

MEMPHIS

LITTLE ROCK

AL

VICKSBURG

SHREVEPORT

LA

JACKSON

TX

MS

BATON ROUGE

NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans District

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The Four Major Flood Risks in Coastal LA

Sea Level Rise

Coastal Erosion

& Environmental

Degradation

River

Flooding

Rainfall

Hurricane Storm

Surge

and Subsidence

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Southeast Louisiana

Mississippi River

Mississippi

Louisiana

Lake

Pontchartrain

Lake

Borgne

New Orleans

Mississippi River

  • River Vulnerability
  • From high river stages
  • Hurricane Vulnerability
  • From the Gulf
  • From the Lake
  • From the River

Gulf of Mexico

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Cameron Parish Coastal

Marsh Restoration

Grand Isle

Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion

challenges and opportunities
Challenges and Opportunities
  • Continued support of flood risk management, navigation and coastal restoration
  • Balance missions to work together for sustainable coast
  • Adaptive Management
  • Consider climate change to develop sustainable solutions