Hurricane Barrier Environmental Planning in Texas

by Sidney H. Tanner, (A.M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; Coastal Studies Sec., U.S. Army Engr. District, Galveston, TX,
Edward J. Pullen, Marine Biologist; Envir. Res. Sec., U.S. Army Engr. District, Galveston, TX,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 459-470

Document Type: Journal Paper


Major environmental factors involved in planning coastal flood barrier systems along the Texas coast are presented in this paper. The intent is to illuminate important environmental aspects to be considered in the planning of a protective system. This paper is not a treatise on the complexities of design and construction of such a system. For this paper environmental aspects are categorized: (1) ecological—man's habitat; (2) cultural—man's heritage; and (3)) esthetic—man's sensory perception of the environment.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes and typhoons | Environmental issues | Coastal environment | Gates (hydraulic) | Protective structures | Construction management | Ecosystems | Aesthetics | Texas | United States

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