Bob Morton comments on subsidence
From: Robert A Morton
To: Len Bahr
Len thanks for letting me know about your post-retirement plans. Louisiana is fortunate to have someone who is informed, passionate, and well connected politically serving to facilitate debate on important coastal issues. I am now back in Austin TX but still working for the USGS on coastal projects including subsidence and wetland loss in Louisiana. Attached is our latest important scientific finding that has significant implications with regard to coastal restoration and the potential future impacts of storm damage and sea level rise. you may recall that we speculated that rates of subsidence would decrease if the high historical rates were largely induced and the independent data now seem to confirm our predictions. Currently we are preparing a short article summarizing these results that we plan to submit to Geology for publication. Please let me know if I can provide additional information.
Thanks for your kind words, Bob. If you don’t mind I’d like to post your message. The only thing I’d disagree about is my political connectedness! I’d love to have you contribute to laoastpost.com. I want to see subsidence discussed in an open forum. When your article is published maybe we can run it. In my judgment, I think that geological processes in the delta have been drastically underdiscussed. BTW, I’m not sure that Chip Groat has heard about the blog yet. If you talk to him let him know.
Keep on truckin’!