Maps depicting likelihood of shore protection along the Texas coast

Extension of a new article in Environmental Research Letters


A $2 million effort to map the likelihood of shore protection as sea level rises is summarized in a new article entitled "State and local governments plan for development of most land vulnerable to rising sea level along the U.S. Atlantic Coast." The maps divide coastal low lands into four categories: developed (shore protection almost certain), intermediate (shore protection likely), undeveloped (shore protection unlikely), and conservation (no shore protection). Although the journal article only presented the Atlantic coast results, the project also included a report by Texas Sea Grant with a similar analysis.

The maps from this study can be downloaded individually by clicking on a thumbnail map below; the entire set is also available in a zipped file. The jpg maps were designed for printing at 300 dots per inch on 8-1/2 X 11 inch paper. If you simply click on the links below and try to read them on your computer screen, some of them may look strange, depending on your internet browser. If so, please save the jpg map onto your computer's hard drive and then open the file with the program you normally use to read jpg files.


The Whole Kitten Kaboodle

Download a zipped file with all the maps shown here.

Shore Protection, Sea Level Rise, and Texas
Statewide Overview

Corpus Christi Bay and counties to the east

Coastal Bend

The Mother Load of Maps

The MACGES web site has zipped files containing all of the maps produced by this study. Just tell us where to dump it!

Orange County

Orange County

Beaumont and Port Athur
Jefferson County, Texas

Chambers County, Texas


Harris County

Galveston, Texas City

Galveston County, Texas

Freeport, Surfside

Brazoria County

Matagorda County

Jackson County

Calhoun County, Texas

Aransas County

Refugio County

San Patricio County

Corpus Christi, North Padre Island
Nueces County, Texas

Kleberg County

Kenedy County

Port Mansfield
Willacy County

B rownsville Texas, Boca Chica, Rio Grand, South Padre Island

Cameron County, Texas