Maps


Another Op-ed on Flood Maps Misses the Point

I have nearly 35 years of professional experience in South Louisiana hydrology, including extensive work on flood risk for the Amite River Basin since 2001. First of all, kudos to The Advocate for the great work in covering the flood and flood risk information over the last two weeks. Unfortunately Mr. Robert Taylor’s letter “Flood mapping…


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


Counting homes in the Western Wildland-Urban Interface ~Mitch Tobin, EcoWest

When firefighters are deployed to battle wildfires, they often focus on saving structures in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), where homes mix with or border flammable vegetation. Where are these vulnerable homes located in the West? Data from analytics firm CoreLogic provide a good high-level overview of the Western WUI. I’ve created a dashboard on this…