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UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center at The University of New Orleans that collaborates with Louisiana communities including the City of New Orleans and its surrounding parishes. This blog details CHART's activities.
By Tara Lambeth on 10/15/2016 6:22 AM

On October 15th, our research assistant, Michelle Espinoza, presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration in Raleigh, NC. She presented some of the work we do here at UNO-CHART. It included a geospatial analysis of the social vulnerability present in Orleans Parish particularly as it relates to evacuation pick-up points. Michelle was on a panel with professors and students from the University of Virginia, University of Illinois, and LSU.

By Tara Lambeth on 10/3/2016 6:18 AM

CHART's Assistant Director, Dr. Lambeth, participated in a joint town hall hosted by Louisiana Sea Grant, the Water Institute of the Gulf and the RESTORE ACT Center of Excellence. The meeting brought together coastal researchers and resources managers to discuss research and technology needs. 


By Tara Lambeth on 9/30/2016 8:54 AM

CHART recently received a grant to develop a CRS Strategy for the State of Louisiana. The CRS, or Community Rating System, is a series of floodplain management activities that help communities to reduce flooding and receive discounts on flood insurance. Developing a strategy for the state will help to coordinate flood reduction efforts and aid communities in receiving higher discounts on flood insurance.

By Tara Lambeth on 9/30/2016 8:49 AM

Since 2004, UNO-CHART has worked with communities to reduce their numbers of repetitive flood losses through three major deliverables: (1) a website and web-based data portal that allows access to accurate repetitive loss data including property portfolios; (2) area analyses (flood mitigation plans); and (3) education and outreach. The database portal and area analyses are useful to local officials for planning efforts, grant applications, and general floodplain management activities; all of which assist lead to reduced flood risk.

Project partners include FEMA Region VI, Solutient, French & Associates and communities across Louisiana and Texas.

CHART is currently completing an area analysis with the Cambridge Subdivision in St. John the Baptist Parish, and held an outreach meeting on September 26th to present mitigation recommendations for a repetitive loss area in the parish. The meeting was attended by parish officials and local residents. At the meeting, the project team obtained feedback on the repetitive loss area analysis, hazard mitigation recommendations, and other issues that concern residents regarding flooding. The analysis is currently in draft form and located on CHART’s repetitive loss website, Copies of past repetitive loss area analyses, as well as general information on how to protect yourself and your home from flooding can also be found at 

Floodplain managers who would like access to their repetitive loss information through our web-based data portal should contact CHART’s director, Dr. Monica Farris, at

By Tara Lambeth on 8/17/2016 6:38 AM

CHART's Director and Assistant Director presented to a group from Bangladesh studying "Building Bangladesh Climate Resilience" hosted by the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council. CHART presented information on our Sea Level Rise project, Risk Literacy project, and Repetitive Floodloss project. Afterwards, we participated in a discussion with the visitors on repetitive flooding, disaster mitigation planning, resilience assessments, storm mitigation and coastal restoration.

By Tara Lambeth on 7/12/2016 12:04 PM

CHART's Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, attended the 2016 Natural Hazards Workshop held in Broomfield, Colorado. The workshop included sessions on hazards, resilience and climate change and was attended by 400 people, including emergency officials, members of nonprofits and community organizations, and hazard researchers (

By Tara Lambeth on 6/23/2016 6:39 AM

CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, and Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, presented at the 2016 Association of State Floodplain Managers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The presentation provided information on mitigating repetitive losses and how that relates to the community rating system. French Wetmore, a floodplain management expert, also participated in the presentation. The presentation discussed 

the repetitive loss analyses process to include the site selection process, field work/data collection, and the mitigation recommendations provided to the communities, such as elevation, dry floodproofing, and green infrastructure. It also detailed a repetitive loss analysis update, wherein the team returned to a community to review the mitigation measures that took place after the initial analysis was completed. Finally, the presentation included a brief demonstration of the online repetitive loss portal. The Repetitive Loss Portal gives local officials secure and easy access to data necessary for the grant application process for funds identified for mitigation of the repetitive loss properties. The data are also utilized for planning purposes, including planning for non-FEMA funded projects, such as drainage projects.   

By Tara Lambeth on 6/7/2016 6:34 AM

CHART's Director, Dr. Monica Farris, and Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, presented information to a senior center in New Orleans East on how to prepare for hurricanes, what supplies to bring, and how to make a family plan. CHART also provided the center with copies of our Preparing for Storms Take Home Guide, which provides information on hurricanes and sample supply lists.

By Tara Lambeth on 6/2/2016 6:27 AM

CHART"s Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, presented at State of the Coast 2016. Her presentation was entitled "Determining Localized Risk Perception and Impacts of Projected Sea Level Rise to Enhance Stakeholder Mitigation Planning Through Visualization Tools", and detailed a project that, in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grantsupports coastal sustainability through a better understanding of coastal ecosystems using local knowledge. The project team collaborates with coastal residents to develop adaptation strategies utilizing remotes sensing, GIS and interviews. Residents identify key points and resources which are at risk, and discuss ways they have adapted to land loss and sea level rise, as well as ways they may adapt to these hazards in the future. CHART also provided materials on the Resilience Curriculum and Risk Literacy Project at a booth at the conference.

By Tara Lambeth on 5/31/2016 6:24 AM

CHART's Director, Monica Farris, and Graduate Research Assistant, Michelle Espinoza, participated in an exercise testing the city's hurricane evacuation methods. The participants took buses to the UPT, and were registered and brought to the airport. The exercise tested the efficiency and workability of the city assisted evacuation process. The exercise was lead by the City of New Orleans and Evacuteer.

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