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ByWater Institute at Tulane University

Located on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, the ByWater Institute at Tulane University offers state-of-the-art research, education and outreach facilities accented by the history and architecture of the Robin Street Wharf.

The ByWater Institute exemplifies the interdisciplinary ethos of the university. By supporting applied research and outreach, the center will help strengthen capacity to restore and protect the coast.

As a cornerstone of the university’s Riverfront Initiative, the ByWater Institute will further accelerate the city’s transformation into a world-renowned hub for innovation. The center is being developed in phases, with the first phase including new laboratory, educational and conferencing facilities, along with staging areas for field operations. In the long term, the goal is to redevelop the entire wharf into a riverfront promenade alongside a research and education district that dovetails with the Morial Convention center as well as nearby residential, commercial and retail development.

Tulane debuts ByWater Institute

The ByWater Institute will bring scholars from across disciplines together to study ways to manage threats of rising water from coastal erosion, natural disasters and a changing environment.


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Tulane University to conduct media tour of its riverfront campus on Sept. 15

Tulane University will host a media tour of its new riverfront campus, which will be devoted to the study and preservation of Louisiana's waterways and coast, on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

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Advocate Tulane University unveils $5.5 million riverfront institute to focus on coastal erosion, wetlands preservation

Advocate article discusses the plans for the ByWater Institute at Tulane University, which is seeking to build on the university's ongoing work to combat the land loss and rising sea levels that are plaguing Louisiana.

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Greg LaRose, photo of Mike Blum
Tulane River and Coastal Center launches on the Mississippi

Times-Picayune/ article about Tulane's new riverfront campus Institute that will provide office, meeting and laboratory space to researchers looking into the sediment makeup of the Mississippi River. Photo by Greg LaRose, | The Times-Picayune


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Our Mission

The ByWater Institute will foster applied research and community engagement on coastal concerns as well as incubate innovation within the emerging environmental and energy sectors.

Administration and Faculty
Director Michael Blum
Dept. Administrator Shelley Meaux
Research Associate Professor Amy Lesen
Research Assistant Professor Joshua Lewis
Postdoctoral Fellow Kristine Moody
Postdoctoral Fellow Rosalyn Rael      
Affiliated Programs
The Riverfront Campus Initiative
A Studio In The Woods
The New Orleans CNH Program
The CBR Faculty Fellowship Program
The Center for Resilience Innovation
The Global Rivers Observatory
The Water Institute of the Gulf