Cyclone Resilience on Our Coast

Wetlands Discovery Center Announces Implementation of Cyclone Resilience on Our Coast Program


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South Terrebonne High School environmental science students study the impacts of tropical storms that have affected Terrebonne Parish in the past 100 years.


The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is proud to announce the implementation of the Cyclone Resilience of Our Coast program, which is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations’ Environmental Literacy Program and is a collaboration between the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center and the UCAR Center for Science Education.

“Cyclone Resilience of Our Coast provides our students the opportunity to interact with actual scientists studying climate data, but more importantly the opportunity to learn how these factors affect their community.  It is also important to me that our students are knowledgeable so they can make effective decisions as citizens whereby they can apply their understanding for being resilient in the future.” Nathan Cotten, STEM Curriculum Specialist, Terrebonne Parish School District

During the 2019-2020 school year, sixty students at South Terrebonne High School have been working together to learn how hurricane characteristics relate to people’s experiences during these storms in Terrebonne Parish. In the fall, students interviewed local residents to collect their stories of experiences during storms. The students, along with climate scientists from UCAR, analyzed the data and connected local stories with hurricane model results that project into the future. At the upcoming Wetlands Youth Summit on April 7, 2020, students will share strategies for how communities can be resilient along our hurricane-prone coast based on what they have learned from the stories and their analysis.

“This project has enabled students to connect with people in their communities and learn about the vast local knowledge held by our elders.  It is our life experiences and those of our ancestors that build our capacity for resilience in the face of destructive storms.  Resilience has always been a part of our story.” Jonathan Foret, Executive Director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

After Cyclone Resilience of Our Coast is implemented in Terrebonne Parish, the curriculum will be revised and shared with environmental science classes in hurricane prone locations in the United States.

“It’s been an honor to work with South Terrebonne High School on this project this year and see students become local experts on hurricane resilience as they learn the science.” Lisa Gardiner, UCAR Center for Science Education.

For more information about this program, please contact Jonathan Foret at jforet@slwdc.org or 985-232-2800.