The Katrina Environmental Research and Restoration Network (KERRN) serves as a source of information about the wide range of environmental research efforts focused on understanding and responding to one of our nation’s largest hurricane events. The network enables scientists and others, who may be supported by different agencies or affiliated with various institutions, to be aware of the full range of research efforts in order to collaborate and to coordinate their efforts. The Network will facilitate community brainstorming and identification of research gaps and needs. The broader impacts of KERRN are substantial. Using the network, scientists from a wide range of disciplines can combine their efforts to synthesize a broader understanding of the environmental processes at work in the hurricane-impacted gulf coast region. These insights can be used in future planning, mitigation, and restoration efforts. Online access to the network also eliminates geographical barriers to participation in this important effort. The network will encourage interdisciplinary efforts, allowing students and others engaged in the research to learn how to apply concepts and strategies from other disciplines and to work across intellectual boundaries.
- Center for Bioenvironmental Research New Orleans, LA, United States
- Daniel Aldrich, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA ; Department of Political Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
- Richard Campanella, Department of Geography, Tulane University, New Orleans, United States
- John McLachlan, Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Tulane / Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, United States