Press field trip: Climate and culture

Thursday, 14 Dec. 2017
Sponsored by Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Louisiana State Climatologist Barry Keim will lead a tour of his hometown, New Orleans, to show how water, engineering and culture intersect in the Bayou State.

The tour will include stops at iconic places, including the 17th Street Canal Breach that led to thousands of homes flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; the Musicians’ Village, a revitalization project conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis dedicated to support the arts; an aboveground cemetery; the Lower Ninth Ward flood breaches; and the home of music icon Fats Domino.

Barry Keim is the director of the Disaster Science and Management program at Louisiana State University located in Baton Rouge. He is also a professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology. For more information, visit:

This field trip is sponsored by Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.


When: Thursday, 14 December 2017,  2:00–5:00 P.M.

Where: The field trip will depart from and return to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130. Please meet at the LSU Booth # 131 in the Exhibit Hall by 1:45 P.M. 

Cost: Free!

Eligibility: Space for the tour is limited. Staff journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, authors, and filmmakers will have first priority for registration. If space is still available on the tour 1 week before the meeting, LSU will open the tour to public information officers and institutional science communicators. PIOs and institutional science communicators interested in attending can email Alison Satake at to be added to the waitlist.

If you are unsure what media category you fit into, read AGU’s press eligibility guidelines here.

Register: Reporters can register for the field trip here. All reporters planning to attend the field trip MUST preregister; no on-site registrations will be accepted. Field trip attendees MUST be registered as press for the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting to attend. However, it is not necessary to wait for your press credentials to be approved to register for the field trip. You can register online for Fall Meeting press credentials here.

Note: If you register for the field trip and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration as soon as possible so that LSU can make your spot available to another person.

Questions: Email Alison Satake at