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Dr. Alex Kolker Co-chairing American Geophysical Union Conference

by Jaken Frazier | Nov 29, 2011
LUMCON faculty member Alex Kolker will be co-chairing a press conference on this year's historic Mississippi River Flood at 4 pm central time (2 pm Pacific time) on Tuesday, December 6 during the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

View from the deck of the R/V AcadianaLUMCON faculty member Alex Kolker will be co-chairing a press conference on this year's historic Mississippi River Flood at 4 pm central time (2 pm Pacific time) on Tuesday, December 6 during the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The 2011 flood in the Mississippi River was one of the largest events on record, rivaling the great flood of 1973.  At its peak, the flood delivered well over 2 million cubic feet of water to the ocean every second. This event had a dramatic impact on the coastal ocean, and water fresh enough to drink could be found many miles into the open ocean.  Alex Kolker will be describing how the flood impacted sediment dynamics in the coastal zone, which is critical to understand if we are to understand how to restore the Mississippi River Delta.

This research was conducted with collaborators from Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and with help from the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University. The work was conducted on LUMCON's fleet of research vessels including the R/V Acadiana and the R/V Calliou Boca. Support from this research came from The National Science Foundation's Marine Geology and Geophysics Program and Louisiana Sea Grant. During the press conference, Durelle Scott from Virginia Tech and Nicole Khan from the University of Pennsylvania will also be speaking about their research during this flood.

The American Geophysical Union's conference is one of the largest conferences in the environmental sciences. Over 20,000 scientists from across the globe are expected to participate in this year's conference.

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