Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study releases the Summer Newsletter announcing Project Updates and Meetings for communities along Lake Erie, all detailed in the newsletter below.
The Newsletter above is posted on the Newsletters page.
Welcome to the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study website at greatlakescoast.org. This is the official public website for FEMA's comprehensive storm and wind study of the Great Lakes basin for the purpose of updating the coastal flood hazard information and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Great Lakes coastal communities. This is the main page of the website and contains the most recent content posted to the site. Use the menu at the left to visit pages with additional content pertaining to the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study.
The Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study recently announced a series of Technical Workshops around the Great Lakes Basin. The agenda for the first batch of workshops is posted below.
The Agenda is also linked on the event listing of each Technical Workshop, and agendas for the rest of the Technical Workshops will be posted soon.
Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study announces the release of a new fact sheet. This fact sheet summarizes the timeline of major milestones in the project schedule of the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study.
The Fact Sheet above is posted on the Fact Sheet page.
Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study announces the release of a new fact sheet. The fact sheet summarizes the storm surge and wave modeling processes used for the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study.
The Fact Sheet above is posted on the Fact Sheet page.
NVision Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, to provide aerial-data collection services for the entire Great Lakes Region coastline to help with flood plain management. NVision will provide seamless, high-resolution oblique color images along approximately 6,000 miles of the coastline of all five Great Lakes within the U.S. The flights will test the new ERDC system and support other U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) activities. NVision has partnered with Aerotec, LLC to use their specialized Partenavia P68C fixed-wing aircraft and FAA-certified flight operations team. “We are pleased to partner with Aerotec as we have routinely partnered with them on several geospatial engineering projects,” said NVision President Socorro Harvey. “Together, we are like a well-oiled machine.” Aerotec is based in Bessemer, Alabama with offices in Picayune, MS. The data collection, which will require weeks of flight-time with nightly transfer of data for quality control, will be used with various Google technologies for documentation and can be used for rapid response for any type of event. Both NVision and Aerotec are active members of the EIGS geospatial technology cluster of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA). MBA’s goal is to impact economic development by serving as an advocate for small and medium-sized businesses. NVision, headquartered near the NASA Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, is an established defense contractor for geospatial technology and services including several subcontracts to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) prime contractors. NVision also served the USACE through multiple FEMA contracts related to Hurricane Katrina. NVision is available through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 contract; however, USACE issued this contract as an 8(a) competitive award. NVision’s status as an 8(a) minority, woman-owned company allows the USACE to meet multiple specific federal contracting requirements.
NVision Solutions, Inc. is a small, disadvantaged, minority, woman-owned certified 8(a) firm specializing in advanced geospatial solutions. NVision, headquartered near the NASA Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi, is an active member of the EIGS geospatial technology cluster of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA). MBA’s goal is to impact economic development by serving as an advocate for small and medium sized businesses. For more information about NVision Solutions, Inc., visit http://www.NVisionSolutions.com.
Aerotec, LLC is a value-added services company. Aerotec uses state-of-the-art airborne remote sensing (data capture) and data analysis technologies to provide topographic maps and models to its customers throughout North America. Aerotec’s primary technologies include Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR/laser-scan), digital photography, proprietary and commercial (off-the-shelf) software, and specialized engineering analysis packages. Aerotec is an active member of the EIGS geospatial technology cluster of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA). MBA’s goal is to impact economic development by serving as an advocate for small and medium sized businesses. For more information about Aerotec, visit http://www.aerotecusa.com/.
Now available on the Digital Coast – 900 linear kilometers of bathymetric lidar for Lake Superior!
Using funding from the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, NOAA Coastal Services Center worked with regional stakeholders, including state agencies, federal agencies, regional working groups, international management bodies, and tribes, to determine the priority areas for collection. The data set was contracted for collection by FUGRO LADS, and excellent communication between CSC and the contractor maximized the quality of the end product. This data set will be critical to the success of many restoration projects, modeling of lake level change, and any analysis that requires a seamless elevation surface above and below the water.
To access the data set, visit http://csc-s-maps-q.csc.noaa.gov/dataviewer/viewer.html?keyword=lidar or, for more information, contact Lindy Betzhold.
News from NOAA Coastal Services Center:
Topographic and Bathymetric Data Inventory:
The first comprehensive inventory of elevation data sets for the nation is now available. NOAA and FEMA have worked together to inventory elevation data, both topographic and bathymetric, for all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The NOAA inventory initially focused on coastal elevation data, and a partnership with FEMA allowed expansion to the interior of the country. The inventory’s data viewer provides
- searching of the NOAA and FEMA inventories,
- enhanced functionality to create data reports,
- new zooming capabilities,
- printable custom maps of elevation resources,
- an innovative design for displaying information about data sets, including quality, and
- direct links to the data source whenever available.
The inventories can be used not only to locate the data needed when developing elevation models, but also to discover where data gaps exist. The data sets and data quality information found in these inventories are critical components of efforts to address issues related to flooding, beach nourishment, and erosion.
The NOAA inventory includes both topographic and bathymetric data and covers many coastal areas of the nation. This inventory represents data sets found during an exhaustive search for elevation data and portrays a snapshot in time of the elevation resources for a region. The FEMA inventory includes topographic data and covers the entire nation, including Puerto Rico. This effort was conducted January through June 2010 to support FEMA’s internal planning. It focused primarily on large data sets available for an area rather than an all-inclusive collection.
The next steps for this project are to incorporate information verification done by U.S. Geological Survey liaisons and combine the inventories for a single look at elevation resources for the nation.
Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study announces the release of two new fact sheets. The first fact sheet summarizes the Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study. The second fact sheet discusses water levels on the Great Lakes:
The Fact Sheets above are posted on the Fact Sheet page.