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Texas Sustainable Coastal Initiative



Texas Sustainable Coastal Initiative is a joint partnership with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores through the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities supported by funds from various agencies including NSF, NOAA/TX Seagrant, FEMA/USACE, TX General Land Office, and Coastal Services Center/NOAA.

Our objective is to allow users to query data and create custom maps based on multiple development scenarios, facilitating the focus on important research questions related to where future growth will occur within the Texas coastal zone, the impact of this growth, and the usefulness of Web GIS in facilitating the urban science research.

The following links are to Internet-based spatial decision support systems that allows users to identify and visualize critical issues related to numerous dimensions of development. Below each link, you will information about what information can be obtained from each Atlas and best fit your needs.


Hurricane Evacuation Zone Planning

The HRRC works with county emergency operations centers for counties on the Texas coast to develop hurricane evacuation plans. A critical component of those plans are determination of hurricane evacuation zones. The development of hurricane evacuation zones enables local households and individuals to readily understand their residential location relative to potential hurricane storm surge risk and enhances the ability of local emergency management to plan for and mobilize local populations to evacuate during imminent tropical storm threats.  Development of such zones is a critical component of evacuation planning for any community and is critical for addressing life safety issues related to hurricane surge risk and facilitating effective communication to diverse populations.


During the design process, the evacuation study atlas facilitated zone development by communicating physical and social vulnerability information to local stakeholders.


Further, these new zones set the framework for subsequent vulnerability and transportation analysis.


Hurricane Evacuation Study RGV[Rio Grande Valley]

Completed in 2015, this study served to develop hurricane evacuation zones for the Valley Study Area, including Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties.

Hurricane Evacuation Study CB[Texas Coastal Bend]

Completed in 2019, this study served to develop hurricane evacuation zones for the Coastal Bend Study Area, including Aransas, Calhoun, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria Counties.