LSU + Rivers are Life
Universities and research institutions play a crucial role in our global effort to understand the science of our river systems.
By conducting research on the world’s major rivers with a focus on the Mississippi River, Louisiana State UniversitySU Center for River Studies is empowering the next generation of engineers, geologists, and river experts.
The center houses one of the world’s largest movable physical models – the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model. The model is able to replicate the flow, water levels, and sediment (sand) transport of the river, where one year of the Mississippi River is simulated in one hour. Scientists, engineers, and students can see, experience, and conduct meaningful research using this state-of-the-art model.
LSU Center for River Studies is made possible through a partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, or CPRA. The center’s interactive exhibit space offers opportunities for guests of all ages to learn more about the history of the Mississippi River, Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, and ongoing coastal restoration projects across the coast.
LSU’s role as an educational contributing member of Rivers are Life stems from their Center for River Studies program, which focuses on the health of the Mississippi River. The research being conducted at LSU offers insights into the evolution of a powerful river system and its impacts on the community and environment that it touches.
The center’s interactive exhibit space offers opportunities for guests of all ages to learn more about the history of the Mississippi River, Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, and ongoing coastal restoration projects across the coast. By focusing on education, LSU can teach and inspire more people to take action cleaning up their local rivers.
Rivers are Life commends LSU for their local education and preservation initiatives on the Mississippi River. We know that large efforts to clean and restore local rivers add up and have the power to create a global impact. The research findings at LSU will benefit restoration efforts for rivers all around the world.