that participated in the studies will return to their respective careers outside the Corps of Engineers. Much of the IPET “institutional memory” therefore may not be infused sufficiently into Corps of Engineers New Orleans District office, the State of Louisiana, or the City of New Orleans. There thus is the potential for much of the IPET effort to not be adequately implemented into future HPS system improvements and in hurricane planning and preparedness in south Louisiana. The majority of the responsibilities for extending and building upon the IPET studies will fall to the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District office. It will be important that the analyses and findings from the IPET be incorporated into future activities and plans of the New Orleans District, and also the State of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans, and local parishes.

LESSON: The IPET has conducted a landmark assessment of the New Orleans HPS that could serve as a platform for future and ongoing assessments of vulnerability, levels of protection, subsidence rates, geological studies, risk assessments, and so on. As the IPET investigations come to an end, many of the external experts that participated in the studies will return to their respective careers outside the Corps of Engineers. Much of the IPET “institutional memory” therefore may not be infused into Corps of Engineers New Orleans District office, the State of Louisiana, or the City of New Orleans.

It is essential that these analyses be extended and subsequently built upon by the Corps of Engineers and others, including the FEMA, NOAA, the State of Louisiana, New Orleans regional municipalities, and the region’s universities, engineers, and scientists. To facilitate future work that builds on the IPET studies, a publicly accessible archive of all data, models, model results, and model products from the IPET project should be created.



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