Join a field trip at Fall Meeting to explore New Orleans and the surrounding area. You will have the 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.
Explore New Orleans' most historic neighborhoods and discover the ways in which the Crescent City's climate and natural environment influenced its development, architecture, and commerce. Developed by Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella and co-led by Nathan Lott of the water collaborative of Greater New Orleans, the tour departs from the Convention Center's downriver entrance (nearest the intersection of Julia St. and Conventions Center Blvd.) and travels through the Central Business District and French Quarter. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a two-mile walk.
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.
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. - CANCELLED
Wednesday, 13 December 2017: 12:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
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.
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.
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.
- 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 11 November deadline.
- Tours will depart from the Convention Center, Hall A, 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. Please note that if you are participating in the Drone Applications Field Trip, you will be departing from outside the main entrance of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
How to Register
- Login to your AGU account and navigate to the Fall Meeting Registration site.
- Click View/Modify my registration from the landing page.
- In the registration cart select Add/Modify Workshop, Networking, and Social events.
- Scroll to the Section titled Field Trips to select your field trip options. When you are finished making your selections press the “Continue” button.
- In the registration cart click the Save and Pay Now button to complete the purchase of your field trips. You will receive a new confirmation with your Field Trips included after your payment is complete.
Field trip registration cancellation received by 3 November will receive a complete refund. Cancellations received between 4 and 11 November 2017 will have a 10% processing fee deducted from their refund. No refunds will be issued for cancelled field trip registrations after 11 November 2017.