A little throwback post to the great time I had attending the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in New Orleans, beginning of August.
You can read all about the theme of the conference, and how that made me feel very much at home, in this blogpost.
Now, I just want to treat you to some pictures from the marshes, swamps and ‘bayous’ of the Mississippi delta, one of the natural wonders Louisiana and New Orleans are famous for.
As I learned on our little boat trip during our half a day break from the conference, a bayou is a slow-flowing river in the flatlands. What I also learned, is that it often hosts a variety of fantastic animals.
A more important thing we learned, unfortunately, is that Louisiana is experiencing rapid wetland loss in its coastal area, as a result of large-scale attempts in the last decades to get water levels under control.
One of the devastating results of this rapid wetland loss is a much higher vulnerability for storms and hurricanes, which brings us back to the main theme of the conference: with weather events observed and predicted to become more extreme, and humans increasingly disturbing the landscape, the negative impacts of global change are bound to accelerate in the near future.
You feel that when you are floating on the slow waters of the bayou, I can assure you. And you just hope these natural wonders are here to stay for a very long time.