The Coastal Index Dashboard

Digital Feature by Katrina Andry, Erica Amrine, Allison Plyer, Dabne Whitemore, Jenna Losh, Don Asay, Robby Habbans, Lamar Gardere, Cody Brumfield, Amy Teller, Rachel Weinstein, Ellen Kujawa
October 31, 2020

The Data Center   (New Orleans)

The future of the greater New Orleans area depends on long-term sustainable and diverse investments in coastal protection and water management, and this is underscored by the most recent hurricane season, COVID-19 pandemic, and economic recession. State and local leaders have long recognized that a more diverse, more inclusive economy helps to guard against economic shocks—whether caused by global pandemics, destructive storms, or more routine business cycles— and they need the data to advocate for that change.

The Data Center’s Coastal Index dashboard examines the potential for coastal restoration and water management to generate new opportunities for regional economic development in Southeast Louisiana. The dashboard tracks economic, social, and political factors that have been shown to affect the formation of industry clusters in the U.S, and was recently updated and migrated it to a new web-based format.