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Barry Keim
State Climatologist & LSU Professor of Geography and Anthropology

Dr. Barry Keim is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU and is the Louisiana State Climatologist.

His research interests are in the areas of climate change, extreme weather events, heavy rainfall, hurricanes, and applied climatology, and he has published numerous scholarly articles on these topics.

His recent research includes the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina to Louisiana including the devastation of his hometown of Chalmette, Louisiana.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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