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FEMA’s CCAMP Studies and Our Coast, Our Future
Kris May, CCAMP BAC Study Project Manager and Marina Psaros, OCOF Collaboration Lead
California coastal communities will benefit from two comprehensive, large-scale coastal studies that are analyzing coastal flood risks along the open Pacific coast and within San Francisco Bay: FEMA’s California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) and the Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) Project. Although there are similarities and collaboration occurring between the two studies, there are also differences in the primary objectives and the intended purpose of the two complementary studies. This brief article highlights some of the similarities and ongoing collaboration efforts, based on frequently asked questions.
Objectives and Study Areas:
FEMA Region IX has initiated new flood studies and mapping projects in California’s coastal areas for Flood Hazard Mapping under FEMA’s Risk MAP program. The CCAMP study area includes the entire California open Pacific coast, from the US-Mexico border of San Diego County in the south, to the California-Oregon border of Del Norte County in the north, including the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. The new detailed coastal engineering analyses and mapping will revise and update the flood and wave hazard data shown on the coastal Flood Insurance Study reports and Flood Insurance Rate Maps based on existing conditions for each of the twenty coastal counties. Through Risk MAP, CCAMP will develop enhanced products and tools to help communities understand and mitigate existing coastal flood hazards and risks.
“Our Coast, Our Future” is a collaborative effort between Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, PRBO Conservation Science, U.S. Geological Survey, the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the National Park Service to better understand the effects of future conditions, including sea level rise and increasing coastal flood hazards. The OCOF study area extends from Half Moon Bay in the south, to Bodega Head in the north, including the entire San Francisco Bay shoreline and baylands. OCOF will provide San Francisco Bay Area natural resource managers, local governments and others with science-based decision-support tools to help communities understand, visualize, and anticipate local coastal climate change impacts.
In California, CCAMP and OCOF are both unprecedented in scale with a shared goal of increasing community awareness and preparedness with respect to coastal flood hazards. These two studies will complement each other in situations where a community wants to understand both current (CCAMP) and projected (OCOF) risks associated with coastal flooding. Both studies are:
  • Leveraging the latest coastal LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), and using high-resolution seamless digital elevation models (DEMs) to represent the current topography
  • Using state-of-the-art modeling methodologies and geographic information system (GIS) technologies
  • Engaging in stakeholder outreach to obtain feedback, share study-related information, and understand the needs of communities and coastal managers
  • Producing digital map products and information to increase  understanding and better communicate flood hazard risks
  • Providing training and guidance to help communities use the products and tools to understand the risks and prepare appropriate mitigation or adaptation strategies
Because of the similarities and shared goals of the two studies, significant collaboration and communication is ongoing between them.. Members of OCOF participate in regional CCAMP stakeholder engagement meetings and technical workshops; similarly, FEMA CCAMP study and project managers participate in OCOF advisory meetings and coastal manager workshops. Team members from both studies regularly participate together in conference panels and workshops to achieve consistent messaging and information sharing.
Additional detail on the studies can be found on their respective websites: CCAMP and OCOF.

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