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FEMA Kicks-Off Sea Level Rise Pilot Study for Coastal Floodplain
Vince Geronimo, PE, CFM, AECOM
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is developing updated flood hazard data for the populated coast of the U.S. under the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program.  FEMA Region IX initiated the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) Open Pacific Coast (OPC) Study in 2010 to analyze the existing coastal high hazard areas for the entire California coast in order to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps and to provide resources for communities to increase public awareness and encourage mitigation actions that reduce coastal flood risk. 
The CCAMP OPC Study preliminary coastal analysis and mapping results will be used as part of a pilot study to analyze future coastal flood risks that takes into account Sea Level Rise (SLR) and the associated changes to wave hazards, depth and extent of inundation, and storm induced erosion.  FEMA selected the nine mile segment of the open Pacific coast at the city and county of San Francisco west of the Golden Gate Bridge for the pilot study location.  Results of the analysis will be used to develop future conditions flood hazard data layers for use in non-regulatory Risk MAP products to provide additional information to communities regarding the impacts of SLR on future coastal flood risk. FEMA’s pilot study mapping products will be compared to the State of California SLR studies by other agencies that analyze future conditions coastal flooding scenarios.

FEMA Region IX engaged CCAMP stakeholders to help formulate the criteria for the SLR Pilot Study. Stakeholder collaboration will focus on the future conditions technical analysis, communication of results, and application of future SLR Studies on the West Coast. FEMA Headquarters is supporting the pilot study by leading a group of climate change, policy, and mapping experts that provide guidance to the study team. This “Peer Review Group” includes staff from the USACE, NOAA, United States Global Change Research Program, FEMA Regions IV, and IX and X, and others.
The pilot study will provide benefit-cost recommendations for conducting similar studies more broadly on the West Coast.  The pilot study will conclude with a presentation to the Peer Review and stakeholder groups during a coastal flood risk workshop planned for June 2014.  It is anticipated that city and county of San Francisco will use the SLR Risk MAP products to increase public awareness, encourage mitigation actions that reduce coastal flood risk, and/or adopt higher floodplain management standards for protecting lives and property along the open coast.

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