Combining Co$ting Nature and Suitability Modeling to Identify High Flood Risk Areas in Need of Nature-Based Services. Academic Article uri icon


  • Coastal areas are often subject to the severe consequences of flooding from intense storms or hurricanes. Increases in coastal development have amplified both flooding intensity and negative impacts for coastal communities. Reductions in pervious land cover and replacement with impervious ones have reduced the amount of ecosystem services. This research examines the services provided by nature-based solutions by applying outputs from Co$ting Nature models into suitability models to quantify ecosystem services along the Texas Coast. Results show that only around 13% of the Houston-Galveston coastal area has relatively high NBS, and nearly 1 4 of the area shows relatively low NBS. The majority of the areas lie in the middle, which, due to increases in development, are at particular risk for becoming areas offering low NBS in the future if not treated. Such vulnerability assessment informs future implementation strategies for NBS in coastal communities to protect people and property from flooding.

published proceedings

  • Land (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Prybutok, S., Newman, G., Atoba, K., Sansom, G., & Tao, Z.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Prybutok, Sara||Newman, Galen||Atoba, Kayode||Sansom, Garett||Tao, Zhihan

publication date

  • August 2021


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