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California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP)

Region IX is initiating flood studies/mapping projects in coastal areas as a result of Congressional appropriations for Flood Hazard Mapping under Risk MAP . These efforts will address gaps in required engineering and mapping for high flood risk areas impacted by coastal flooding.  Cumulatively, these flood studies/mapping projects are being referred to as the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP).

To learn more about the Open Pacific Coast Study, click here or click the right side of the CCAMP logo.

To learn more about the San Francisco Bay Area Coastal Study, click here or click the left side of the CCAMP logo.

To learn more about FEMA coastal mapping projects in other Regions, access links to technical bulletins, coastal modeling software, and additional resources visit the FEMA coastal page here.

To learn more about mitigating coastal flood risks and achieving resilience, visit the FEMA coastal page here.

To download the Understanding Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 - Sections 205 and 207 webinar presentation from January 21, 2014, click here.




  • FEMA Kicks-Off Sea Level Rise Pilot Study for Coastal Floodplain

    As part the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP), FEMA initiated a pilot study to produce non-regulatory future conditions flood maps that account for the effects of sea level rise on coastal flood hazards. FEMA engaged state and federal agencies, and CCAMP stakeholders, to provide input to the study team to ensure coordination with other ongoing efforts. FEMA will apply the results of the preliminary coastal analysis and mapping along the open Pacific coast of San Francisco County as part of a pilot study and develop recommendations for expanding the study more broadly along the West Coast.

  • California Coastal Storm History Part One – Santa Cruz County

    As part of the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) Open Pacific Coast (OPC) Study, FEMA Region IX has developed a 50-year hindcast database of wave conditions along the coast of California.  The 50-year wave database, prepared in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will provide the nearshore data needed to inform the detailed wave runup and overtopping analyses.  The validation of the extreme wave analysis can be found in the coastal storm history experienced along the various study reaches in each coastal county over the past several decades.  While this coastal storm history is often forgotten, it can provide a useful reminder that extreme coastal flood events have occurred throughout the study area.  This is the first of a three-part series reviewing coastal storm history in various developed and flood-prone coastal areas within the CCAMP OPC Study area.  The focus of the first storm history review is Santa Cruz County, which is representative of the central California coast.

  • Engaging Stakeholders to Help Communicate Impacts of BW-12

    By engaging with insurance and real estate professionals and other stakeholders to help communicate the impacts of BW-12, local floodplain administrators and other community officials can help property owners reduce their risk and reduce their insurance rate. Reach out to these and other stakeholders to help educate property owners about BW-12 and arm them with the right information. 

  • Elevation Certificates: The Way to Determine Actuarial Flood Risk

    As a result of legislation changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, titled the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, an Elevation Certificate (EC) is now needed for most buildings located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. An EC is an official document that records building information, and as such is an important tool to document the structure’s elevation and base flood elevation. 

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