Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 391


Galveston Futures: Developing a disaster resilient community

Tanveerul Islam1*, William Merrell2 and William Seitz3
  1NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center, Environmental Sciences Institute, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida. 2George P. Mitchell Chair in Marine Science, Texas A & M University-Galveston, 5007 Avenue U, Galveston, Texas 77551. 3Texas A & M University-Galveston, 5007 Avenue U, Galveston, Texas 77551.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 October 2009
  •  Published: 31 January 2010



Galveston Futures is a cooperative venture, involving residents, architectural experts, urban planners and elected leaders, that strives to envision a resilient, sustainable and unified community on Galveston Island by encouraging civic participation in municipal planning. For Galveston's survival, it is essential to tie livability and resilience, especially to coastal disasters, into the concept of sustainability. This paper describes different projects that have been taken to accomplish the mission of the Galveston Futures.


Key words: natural hazards, disaster, risk, community resilience, sustainability, Galveston, Texas coast.