Coastal Master Plan and Movement of People

With sea levels expected only to rise, Louisiana communities face significant hurdles. This panel explores how sea level rise will force certain communities to relocate and how the state government addresses these concerns.

  • Torbjorn Tornqvist, Tulane University


  • Edward P. Richards, J.D., M.P.H., Director, LSU Law Center Climate Change Law and Policy Project, Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law, LSU Law Center

Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree in biology and behavioral science from Rice University, studied human physiology and biochemistry as a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine, physical chemistry and drug design at the University of Michigan, received his J.D. from the University of Houston and his M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health) from the University of Texas School of Public Health. D700-1--8046He is the Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, and Director of the LSU Law Center Climate Change Law and Policy Project. He is currently researching the impact of sea level rise and climate change on coastal disaster risks.




  • Mathew Sanders, LASAFE

Mathew Sanders is the Resilience Program and Policy Administrator for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development (OCD). mathew-sandersThe state has received a $92.6 million award in conjunction with the HUD-funded National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), including a $40 million award to support its resilience policy framework, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE), and a $48.3 million award to resettle the Isle de Jean Charles community in Terrebonne Parish. Mathew was the state’s project team lead for the NDRC application and currently leads the development of the two awarded projects.