Coastal scientists at the Bureau of Economic Geology conduct research in Texas and around the world. The Bureau gained international recognition in the 1970's by using depositional systems concepts to map depositional environments of the coastal plain sediments of Texas. These maps provided a new tool for comprehensive coastal zone management. Today, we continue to map coastal environments using advanced technologies such as lidar, radar, multispectral imagery, digital photos, GIS, and geodetic GPS positioning. Recent studies have included isotopic age dating to determine sedimentation rates in bay marshes, mapping shoreline types for oil spill contingency planning, and conducting regional assessments of offshore sand resources for beach nourishment. Currently, we are conducting research in shoreline change, beach and tidal inlet morphodynamics, and changes in wetlands distribution through time.
Coastal Hazards Atlas of Texas: A Tool for Hurricane Preparedness and Coastal Management
Geotube Monitoring along the Upper Texas Coast
GIS for Sand Resources of the Upper and Central Texas Coast
Mapping Topography and Bathymetry of Barrier Islands Using Airborne, Terrestrial, and Marine Systems
Texas Tidal Inlets Project: Depositional Environments and Morphodynamics of San Luis Pass
Patterns of Shoreline Change and Hurricane Washover on Barrier Islands
Characterization of the Beach Zone via Airborne Lidar and Hyperspectral Remotely Sensed Data
Airborne Lidar Survey for the Southern California Beach Processes Study: Point La Jolla to Dana Point