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Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program

Monitoring Louisiana's barrier islands, beaches, and main shorelines: The Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) baseline for assessing coastal change, protection, and restoration!

The form of Louisiana’s coast is a function of the dynamic balance between the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Barrier Islands, beaches, and mainland shorelines constantly change in response to river discharge, sea level, waves, and the actions of man. Hurricane protection, unique habitats, and large estuaries exist due to the presence of these important coastal landforms. Louisiana's barrier islands, beaches, and mainland shorelines define the boundary of program is designed to monitor Louisiana's dynamic coastline. BICM will provide an important tool to plan and monitor the performance of coastal protection and resotration projects built to date and envisioned for the future. Important components monitored by BICM include Bathymetry, Topography, Shoreline Change, Habitats, and Strom assessment protocol.

Explore Louisiana through the Digital Coast Initiative

Download the BICM shoreline geologic regions and segment maps.

Shoreline ChangeBICM Shoreline Regioins




Shoreline Change BICM Shoreline Segments





Features :

Shoreline ChangeGIS Access to Interactive Maps: The        Interactive Map Server is a collection of data        layers of Louisiana's coastal zone where you can        interactively select themes for viewing and        create your own maps.

Shoreline ChangeMaps: Search and Download: Now available        online. Maps from various monitoring projects in        PDF format

Shoreline ChangeData: Search and Download:  Data including        vector shorelines,use/land cover, bathymetric        survey data and more.

News & Events :

ImageHurricane Impact Assessment  
        Gustav & Ike Click here

ImageCoastal Protection and Restoration         Authority Approves State Coastal         Master Plan: April 14, 2007 Click here

ImageDNR Coastal Restoration Annual Project         Book (2006) Available Click here

ImageUpcoming Events Coming Soon

ImageCalender of Events Coming Soon

Other Resources & Developments :

ImageBarrier Island Comprehensive         Monitoring Program (BICM) Click here

ImagePontchartrain Basin Environmental         Clearinghouse (PBC) Click here

ImageNorthern Gulf of Mexico Program Click here

ImageReports & Publications Click here

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