Raising Urban Land: Historical Perspectives on Adaptation

  • Craig E. Colten
Part of the Estuaries of the World book series (EOTW)


The biophysical environment of coastal Louisiana has never been static since the last Ice Age, and since their arrival humans have continually adapted to changing conditions. This chapter reviews the historical adaptations to the floodprone site where New Orleans is situated, including a plan to raise the land level of portions of the city. In particular, it compares two successful examples of land raising in Chicago and Galveston to the project proposed in this volume to raise segments of New Orleans’ land surface. It contrasts the underlying rationale for land raising efforts and the social, legal, and economic circumstances of these analogs as a basis for considering the potential viability of the ambitious plan for New Orleans.


New Orleans Floods Adaptation Raising land Sea level rise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and AnthropologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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