An Analysis of Shoreline Erosion Along the Northern Coast of East Galveston Bay, Texas

S.L. Hall, W.R. Wilder, F.M Fisher

Abstract


Shoreline erosion was measured along a portion of East Galveston Bay, Texas over a period of five years. These short-term measurements were consistent with erosion estimates obtained from aerial photographs spanning almost 40 years. The erosional impact of a major hurricane (Alicia) was not as severe as expected. It appears that many factors are responsible for the current erosional trend in this area, both natural and man-induced. It is unlikely that this trend will be reversed due to the effects of compactional subsidence and rising sea level.


Keywords


Erosion; Galveston Bay; Gulf coast; shoreline changes

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