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Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

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Project Description

The Louisiana’s Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program (BICM) collects regional geomorphic datasets along the outer coastal margins of Louisiana’s Gulf of Mexico shoreline and assesses changes in these barrier island and headland landscapes overtime. This program collects and records these changes on five year cycles. BICM 1 collected and delivered data for the 2005-2010 interval while BICM 2 repeated data collection and delivery efforts for the period from 2015-2019. BICM 3 is the current phase of this program and is slated to collect data over the 2020-2024 interval. The BICM data provide valuable information on the geomorphological changes to restoration projects and aid in planning and design of future projects. A sizable acreage of the barrier island and headland habitats that are monitored by the BICM program were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill. Therefore, the BICM program will address restoration priorities described in the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). This Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) activity is intended to support evaluation of regional restoration outcomes within the Louisiana Restoration Area; perform data aggregation and data management; resolve critical information gaps and uncertainties for restoration planning, inform restoration decision-making; and perform monitoring to inform the design and implementation of future restoration projects. The BICM program captures aerial ocular images (shoreline assessment) and delineates the shoreline edge (shoreline position) along most of the on "More Info" link below


Glen Curole
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