The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program engages people who live along the coast in the study of their natural environment. High school students, teachers, and scientists work together to gain a better understanding of dune and beach dynamics on the Texas coast. Scientists from The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin provide the tools and training needed for scientific investigation. Students and teachers learn how to measure the topography, map the vegetation line and shoreline, and observe weather and wave conditions. By participating in an actual research project, the students obtain an enhanced science education. Furthurmore, public awareness of coastal processes and the Texas Coastal Management Program is heightened through this program. The students' efforts also provide coastal communities with valuable data on their changing shoreline.
THSCMP is funded by the Texas Coastal Management Program grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA15NOS4190162. Additional funds to support the project come from the Trull Foundation and The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. Field trip support is provided by staff at Matagorda Bay Nature Park, Lower Colorado River Authority and graduate students from the Coastal & Marine Geospatial Sciences Lab at the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi