LSU AgCenter To Host International Conference On Coastal Hydrology Water Quality May 21-24

Yi-Jun Xu, Benedict, Linda F.

News Release Distributed 05/16/06

More than 300 scientists from 20 countries and six continents will participate in "Challenges in Coastal Hydrology and Water Quality" May 21-24 in Baton Rouge.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Select in Baton Rouge.

"This conference has been two years in the making," said Dr. Yi Jun Xu, an LSU AgCenter scientist in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and one of the co-chairs. "As it turns out, it is being held at a time when large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are still in various stages of recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

More than 120 papers will be presented. Of those, 81 have been published into two books, which will be available at the conference, according to the other co-chair Dr. Vijay P. Singh, an LSU professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The titles are "Coastal Environment and Water Quality" and "Coastal Hydrology and Processes."

Among the many topics to be covered are Mississippi River watershed management, coastal wetlands ecosystems in the lower Mississippi, sedimentation, flood control, flood risk analysis and the effects of weather extremes and climate change on coastal water resources.

"More than half the world’s population lives within 60 miles of a coastline, and this number is expected to increase," said Dr. William B. "Bill" Richardson, chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. "This conference offers the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues critical to our future."

Other conference sponsors include BP America, the Shaw Group Inc., Louisiana State University Foundation, the American Institute of Hydrology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The opening plenary session begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday (May 22) and the conference will adjourn by noon May 24. The conference Web site is


Contact: Yi Jun Xu at (225) 578-4131 or
Writer: Linda Foster Benedict at (225) 578-2937 or

5/17/2006 2:28:07 AM
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