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Development of a Statewide Program for Coastal Mapping and Implications for Coastal Hazard Adaptation Applications
Tuesday, February 02, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Chapters

Surprisingly little of Florida’s nearshore and offshore regions have been mapped using modern, high-resolution technologies that can provide the type of data needed to adequately support sea level rise adaptation strategies, storm surge and red tide forecasting, locating sand sources for beach nourishment, navigation hazards, and fisheries management. In 2017, the Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP) conducted a data inventory and gap analysis that demonstrated only 20% of Florida’s coastal waters - from the shore to the edge of the continental shelf - have been mapped with modern technologies. Where recent mapping has been conducted, the data are often localized, project-related, and data may or may not be made publicly available.

FCMaP was created to unify Florida’s approach to coastal mapping by coordinating across state and federal agencies, academia, and the private sector, and to support efficient and cost-effective data collection focused in the state’s highest priority areas. FCMaP has a clear strategic plan to achieve the onerous effort of mapping the state’s over 1,300 miles of coastline that includes a statewide, stakeholder-driven prioritization.

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