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 NOAA/TX Seagrant, TX General Land Office and Coastal Services Center/NOAA.

Texas Coastal Communities Atlas

An Internet-based spatial decision support system that allows users to identify and visualize critical issues related to numerous dimensions of development including:

    • environmental degradation
    • natural hazard risks
    • significant changes in land use patterns


To help guide and manage the growth along the Texas coast in a sustainable and equitable manner.


  • To allow users to query data and create custom maps based on multiple development scenarios
  • To help communities guide future decisions on growth in a sustainable manner such that the need for economic development is balanced with priorities associated with environmental protection and human health, safety, and welfare.
  • To help address 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 sustainable planning