The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Texas Archaeological Sites | Department of Geography and the Environment

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January 21, 2020

The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Texas Archaeological Sites

Patrick Elliott (MS 2018) and Dr. Harry Williams have published Evaluating Sea-level Rise Hazards on Coastal Archaeological Sites, Trinity Bay, Texas in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. The research maps and forecasts inundation and erosion impacts of a 1.5 meter sea level rise on nearly 200 archaeological sites. The study estimates that nearly half of the sites in the study area would be adversely effected during the modeled period from AD 2006 to 2100. The interdisciplinary research combines perspectives from archaeology, cultural resource management, environmental modeling, and coastal geomorphology. Patrick Elliott is now an archaeologist with Jacobs Civil Enginneering, working out of Seattle, Washington. Photo credit: USGS, Houston (see here).