Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program: 2017-2018

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The Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program (THSCMP) engages residents living along the Texas coast in the study of their natural environment. High school students, teachers, and scientists collaborate to deepen their understanding of dune and beach dynamics in their local areas. Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) equip participants with the necessary tools and training for scientific investigation. Through hands-on involvement in research projects, students gain an enriched science education. Moreover, the program raises public awareness of coastal processes and the Texas Coastal Management Program. The data collected by students also offers valuable insights into the changing shoreline for coastal communities.

This report outlines the program's activities and experiences during the 2017–2018 academic year. Ball High School on Galveston Island completed its 20th year in the program, while Port Aransas and Port Isabel High Schools finished their 19th year. Collaborating with the Lower Colorado River Authority, the program extended its reach to two schools in the Matagorda area: Van Vleck High School (14th year) and Palacios High School (12th year). Cunningham Middle School in the Corpus Christi Independent School District celebrated its 10th year of participation. High Island High School on Bolivar Peninsula joined THSCMP during the 2015–2016 academic year. These seven schools are committed to continuing with the program during the 2018–2019 academic year. Additionally, Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas, will join THSCMP in the next academic year to monitor beaches in Quintana and Surfside Beach.

The report includes discussions on the data collected by students, showcasing the program's impact. Furthermore, the program benefits from a continuously updated website, enhancing its accessibility and outreach efforts.


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