A new tool shows which Texas cities could be underwater by 2050

HOUSTON — If you’re thinking of moving closer to the beach, you might want to do some research first.

The mapping tool was designed by Climate Central, a non-profit group that researches and reports on climate change, sea level rise and coastal flooding. It appears to indicate that a large swath of land along the Texas barrier islands will drop below sea level by 2050. This includes sections of Galveston Island, Port Bolivar, and Beaumont.

The map uses measurements and estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but experts say that’s not the last word. Instead, the map should be used as a screening tool to identify areas that need further investigation.

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