The Socio-Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in the Galveston Bay Region

This report seeks to illustrate the impact that climate change can have on communities in the Galveston Bay region. It focuses on two scenarios of sea-level rise, .69 meters and 1.5 meters, and the associated socio-economic impact on the Galveston Bay area for the next 100 years. For each of the model scenarios estimates are given for the impact on displaced populations; the number of buildings impacted and building-related economic losses; industrial, hazardous, superfund, solid waste sites; and water treatment plants.

The study finds that almost 99,000 households would be displaced and over 75,000 structures impacted in the region - under the 1.5m scenario.

Publication Date: June 2009

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • David W. Yoskowitz
  • James Gibeaut
  • Ali McKenzie

Related Organizations:

  • Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Environmental Defense Fund


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Resource Types:

  • Assessment
  • Case study

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