Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Science (PIES)
Board of Regents Approved
Research Areas: The Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Science (PIES) provides data and information critical for effective management and restoration of coastal and estuarine resources, with an emphasis on the Pontchartrain Basin - a natural resource of vital economic, social, aesthetic and cultural importance to the New Orleans metropolitan area and the State. PIES also supports an active teacher and K-12 education program that focuses in increasing understanding of coastal systems and how they can best be managed.
Areas of Expertise: The Institute is designed to foster interactions among professionals with expertise in basic and applied environmental research and those skilled in environmental management, social sciences and policy. The Institute works in partnership with both academic and non-academic institutions to provide information critical for the development of effective strategies to support sustainable management of natural resources. Researchers work locally in the Pontchartrain Basin, across coastal Louisiana and on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
Special Research Capabilities: Faculty have developed the first long-term database on the natural resources, water quality, biota and environmental challenges in the Pontchartrain Basin. Faculty are involved in the development of models and decision support tools to make scientific information more accessible to managers, as well as field data collection and monitoring. Additionally, the Institute can draw on expertise in our College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology (CHART).