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FEMA Region IX Holds Meetings for the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project / Open Pacific Coast Study
Vince Geronimo, Program Manager, Open Pacific Coast Study
The meetings included technical discussions between BakerAECOM and their study partners Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and Oceanweather Inc. (OWI) and members of the Open Pacific Coast Study Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). The TAP is comprised of six panelists recognized nationally for their expertise in coastal hazard identification, hazard mitigation and coastal engineering. The TAP includes:  Michael Delcharco [Taylor Engineering], Christopher P. Jones [Consulting Coastal Engineer], Dale Kerper [DHI], William G. McDougal [Professor at Oregon State University], Ray Walton [WEST Consultants, Inc.], and Frank Wu [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers].
 
The technical discussions included topics covering OWI’s Global Re-Analysis of Ocean Waves Model; SIO’s Monitoring and Prediction (MOP) Model [50-year hindcast]; OWI- and CDIP-driven wave hindcasts; MOP wave transformation results for Central & Northern California; storm selection; transect locations and 1-dimensional hazard analyses (wave setup, wave runup, dune erosion, coastal structures evaluation, overtopping, and overland wave propagation); bathymetry and other unique characteristics of the Southern California region.
 
Stakeholder Workshop - At the December workshop, FEMA hosted state and Federal agencies as part of a stakeholder summit to encourage our partners to build relationships that work to support coastal communities and form a catalyst for mitigation actions. A spokesperson from each agency provided an overview of their agency’s activities and how they might work with the OPC Study team.  It was clear during the overviews that many agencies are actively involved in addressing sea level rise which provides a nexus, in terms of mitigation and adaptation, to FEMA’s efforts to help communities be more resilient. FEMA will assist communities with adaptation strategies that result in mitigation actions as well as connect coastal communities to people and organizations/ agencies who have capacities and resources to assist communities. 
 
The workshop discussion included coastal data needs; synergies between agency missions/projects; aligning communication, messaging, and risk reduction strategies; and projects that will be impacted by or will impact the OPC Study. The FEMA OPC Study team will plan subsequent workshops, forums or webinars to continue to build partnerships with state and federal agencies in 2013 and beyond.  More information can be found on the CCAMP website at www.r9coastal.org.
 

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