May 31 - June 2, 2023 • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center • New Orleans, LA

SOC2021 Session Topics

Additional topics for 2021 Call for proposals:

  • The 2020 hurricane season;
  • Climate change and our coast;
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning to understand systems on a regional/basin scale;
  • Long-term funding of coastal restoration and protection;
  • Developing new/expanded equitable green employment opportunities;
  • Mutual aid as a model for restoration planning;
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and intersectional approaches;
  • Louisiana’s energy future and coastal restoration;
  • How the coronavirus pandemic may affect our climate and coastal restoration efforts.

1. Chenier Plain

  • Calcasieu Salinity Control Measures
  • Chenier Plain Water Management
  • Hard vs. Soft Shoreline Solutions
  • Interstate Issues
  • LNG Development
  • Riverine Input
  • SW Coastal — Nonstructural Implementation
  • Whooping Crane Reintroduction

2. Deltaic Processes

  • Barrier Island and Nearshore Dynamics
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Marsh Dynamics
  • Modeling Deltaic Processes
  • Restoring River Flow through Wetlands
  • River and Delta Dynamics
  • River Channel Effects
  • Sediment Diversions
  • Sediment Transport and Deposition
  • Submerged Benthic Habitat Dynamics

3. Disaster Preparedness, Prevention, and Recovery

  • 10 Years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • 15 years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • Floodplain Management
  • Land-Use Planning
  • Morganza-to-the-Gulf
  • Pre-disaster Planning/Reform
  • Resilience Assessment and Planning
  • Storm Surge Modeling and Management

4. Economics, Policy, Planning, & Law

  • Applying NEPA/ESA in a restoration context
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Funding Sources for Coastal Protection and Restoration
  • Innovative Partnerships
  • LA Watershed Initiative
  • National Flood Insurance Program
  • Post DWH Funding Sources
  • Property Ownership
  • Public Access
  • Public Trust
  • Renewable Energy
  • Restoration Economy
  • Sustainable Financing
  • Valuation of Ecosystem Services

5. Ecosystem Condition and Monitoring 

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Birds
  • Coastal Fisheries
  • Coastal Wetland Vegetation
  • Contaminants and Pollution
  • Continental Shelf Processes
  • Ecosystem Models
  • Eutrophication
  • Groundwater
  • Hydrogeomorphology
  • Hypoxia and Dead Zone
  • Invasive Species
  • Marine Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Soil Compaction
  • Subsidence
  • Wastewater Assimilation

6. Human Dimensions

  • Adapting to a Smaller Future Delta
  • Aquaculture Development
  • Building Public Support for Action
  • Citizen Science
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Environmental Justice
  • Ecological and Economic Sustainability
  • Ecotourism
  • Emerging Economic Opportunities
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Landowner Issues
  • Mobility and Relocation
  • Navigation and Dredging
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Oyster Fishery Management
  • Port management
  • Predicting the Future — population and economy
  • Recreational and Commercial Fisheries
  • Restoration and the Media
  • Stormwater and Wastewater Management
  • Water Quality and Supply
  • Youth Education and Engagement

7. Restoration Projects and Planning

  • 2023 Master Plan
  • Accelerating Project Progress and Implementation
  • Adaptive Management
  • Advances in Restoration Science and Engineering
  • Baselines for Restoration
  • Blue Carbon
  • Canal Backfilling and Spoil Bank Removal
  • Ecosystem Models
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Hydrologic Restoration
  • Innovations in Project Delivery
  • Lessons Learned from Other Places
  • Living Shorelines
  • Project Implementation
  • Regulatory Protections and Challenges
  • Restoration Goal Setting
  • Sediment Management

8. Risk Reduction and Protection

  • A New Normal for the River/MS River Management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Levee Maintenance and Monitoring
  • Natural Infrastructure
  • Non-structural solutions
  • Retreat
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Storm Surge — Inland/Rainfall flood Interactions
  • Storm Surge Modeling

9. Technology and Innovation Human Dimensions 

  • Advances in Ecosystem Modeling
  • Aerial Seeding
  • Drones for Project Monitoring
  • Innovative Restoration Technology
  • Interpreting Aerial Imagery
  • Machine Learning
  • Remote Sensing and Satellite data