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Environmental monitoring station added at Port Fourchon

Environmental monitoring station added at Port Fourchon

A local research center has added a new environmental monitoring station at Port Fourchon.

This station joins two others in a network that’s collecting data along the central Louisiana coast.

“The primary goal of expanding our monitoring reach along the coast is to document and quantify the changing landscape of the coastal southeastern Louisiana region,” said Craig McClain, executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

The Wisner Monitoring Station sits on property owned by the Edward Wisner Donation, leased to Nicholls State University and sub-leased to LUMCON.

Meteorological and oceanographic data gathered at the station can be used by researchers throughout the world to design and implement scientific surveys of the coastal area, monitor research programs and investigate the coast’s chemical, geologic, atmospheric and biological environments, according to a news release from LUMCON.

The data is also available live and free to the public. Data from any of the stations can be viewed at lumcon.edu/environmental-monitoring/.

“We’ve even heard from commercial and sport fishermen who use wind and water information from our stations in planning their trips,” McClain said.

The station was paid for through a donation by the Edward Wisner Donation, a grant program that was created from the estate of Edward Wisner to the city of New Orleans as a 100-year charitable trust in 1914. The Wisner Donation supports local needs in the areas of beautification, education, recreation and human services.

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or holly.duchmann@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @holly_evamarie.