At this year’s Fall Meeting, there will be a number of field trips that allow meeting attendees to explore New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore scientific research being conducted in the region, learn about local sustainable technologies, and understand local ecological systems.
View dates, times, and costs below.
Trip 1: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Trip 2: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$125 (Box Lunch Provided)
The exciting field of drone application provides scientists with the tools to help with a large number of societal and environmental problems. This field trip will take up to 40 people to a local field operation area, where they can launch and recover 4-6 different unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — fixed wing or multirotor; hand-launched or rail-launched; first person view or mapping payloads; various sizes. Attendees will then go to Nicholls State University for an hour-long demonstration on postprocessing steps, and spend another hour analyzing the data.
Trip 1: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Trip 2: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tentative: French Quarter, Crescent Park, Green Roof, Bioswales.
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A comprehensive tour that mixes old and new water infrastructure as well as sites where green infrastructure is being added. Tour sites include the Melpomene Pump Station #1, Mirabeau Gardens site (Gentily Resilience District), Lakefront Pump Station at Orleans Ave. Canal, and site of Katrina levee breach on Industrial Canal.
12:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
This tour was developed in cooperation with Global Green USA and Common Ground, two nonprofit New Orleans community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of the various communities in New Orleans.
This bus tour will begin with a stop at Global Green’s Holy Cross Project and Mississippi River to discuss sustainable building project with five LEED platinum homes, where you can compare them with historic steamboat captain houses on the neighboring block, and see views of the Mississippi River and levees. The second stop will be at the Bayou Bienvenue Viewing Platform, and will continue on to the Industrial Canal Levee (which failed following Katrina) and move along Tennessee Street to view Make it Right home designs. The tour will then conclude with a visit to the Common Ground Relief Wetlands LLC tree farm and plant nursery.
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tour the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier (IHNC) and surrounding wetlands by boat. The IHNC storm surge barrier was constructed near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the Mississippi riverfront near the Convention Center on the Port of New Orleans fire boat.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 13 December 2018: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$80 (Box Lunch Provided)
LIGO Livingston is home to one of LIGO’s two gravitational wave detectors; the facility operates in tandem with LIGO Hanford to listen for the faint whispers of gravitational waves from the most energetic events in the universe.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017: 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, 14 December 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Travel throughout New Orleans on this one-of-a-kind tour, and learn about the sequence of events that led to the flooding of the city and its surrounding areas. Then view the 17th Street Canal and London Avenue Canal areas where the levees failed after Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, 14 December: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$125 (Box Lunch Included)
The tour will follow the area’s development into one of the most unique and diverse cultures, ecologies, and economies in the world. You will take an excursion outside the hurricane levees, into the vast marshes of the Delta, and get the chance to observe the centuries-old tradition of harvesting seafood. The tour also allows you to see the remains of shoreline forts from the early 1800s, and relive the Battle of New Orleans. You will also learn how storms and floods have shaped the region, and explore the new flood, hurricane, and water management innovations in the region.
General Information about Tours
- Tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and have limited capacity.
- A separate registration fee is required to offset the costs involved with the tours. Registration will open in October.
- AGU reserves the right to cancel a tour if the minimum registration is not met, and a refund will be issued after the convention, if applicable.
- No refunds will be issued after (Date TBD) deadline.
- Tours will depart from the Convention Center, unless otherwise noted, to take you to your destination. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early, as buses will leave on time. Individuals will not be allowed to meet at the facility and must take the bus to be included in the tour.