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CART Case Study Highlights LSG Work

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Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) associate director Matt Bethel has published a case study mapping LSG’s work with the Pointe-Au-Chien Indian Tribe (PACIT) to the Conservation and Adaptation Resources Toolbox (CART).

CART is supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (SC CASC). The CART platform – – enhances collaborative conservation efforts by facilitating issue-based, not geography-based, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

Bethel’s case study focuses on determining risk factors to climate change using traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). The PACIT uses TEK to adjust to climate change and develop working relationships with researchers to shape their own hazard mitigation efforts, in order to uphold their cultural practices and values.

The interactive StoryMap allows users to quickly peruse the main highlights of the project, understand goals and see the next steps the project plans to take. “I thought it came together really nicely and in a format that is accessible to a broad audience that can help the PACIT and other communities facing similar challenges tell their story and communicate their needs to gain support for their climate adaptation efforts. It is an honor to have this project included in the library of CART case studies,” Bethel said.

View the case study at

Image Caption: Project contributors recording observations. Courtesy of Corey Miller, University of New Orleans’ Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology.