The challenge of sustaining the ecological, settlement, and economic framework of the coast is one of the Gulf South’s most pressing issues.
At CSS, scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, ﬂood protection, and the economy. CSS was conceived as a laboratory to develop new strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results of this design experimentation provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education.
The CSS approach centers on supporting resilient human communities in the dynamic Gulf of Mexico environment. These communities face tremendous challenges, many of which are not being solved because the various disciplines alone cannot cope with the complexity and enormity of the problems. CSS was created as a trans-disciplinary institute for this reason. We work to envision and design sustainable systems that reduce vulnerability to increased storm strength, coastal hazards, habitat degradation, and global environmental change.
#Louisiana is a working coast home to two million residents who face tremendous risks including climate change, sea level rise, land subsidence, habitat degradation, marsh collapse, threat of inundation, wetlands loss, and change in rainfall patterns, to name just a few. Through our innovative, trans-disciplinary approach, CSS aims to serve as a national and worldwide model for addressing coastal sustainability.