The Gulf of Mexico Alliance partner, The Nature Conservancy, completed a paper on sea-level rise and conservation analysis. The study involved sea-level rise as it relates to storm surge, marsh change and viability, community risk and resilience, and long-term management in select areas of Texas and Florida. Results indicate that human and natural communities face serious sea-level rise risks throughout the Galveston Bay region and, to a lesser extent, the Choctawhatchee and Saint Andrew Bay areas.  These potential risks could include the loss of salt marsh habitat and the subsequent losses related to the economic, protective and social benefits they provide.

The study was commissioned by the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Priority Issue Team through funding from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and NOAA Coastal Services Center. The paper titled, “Informing conservation planning using future sea-level rise and storm surge modeling impact scenarios in the Northern Gulf of Mexico,” was published in Ocean and Coastal Management. The article can be downloaded from Science