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Statewide Flood Vulnerability Assessment Study Results

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection
Program Area: 
Resilient Florida Program
Public Notice
Public Notice: 
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Resilient Florida Program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection was tasked with a significant challenge: to develop a comprehensive statewide coastal and inland flood vulnerability assessment for critical infrastructure across the State of Florida within just eight months. Join us to discover how Fathom's US flood modeling framework, combined with local expertise from Taylor Engineering and Jones Edmunds, rapidly developed a bespoke fully 2D statewide flood model that covered coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood risk under both current and future climate scenarios. To meet these requirements, Taylor Engineering partnered with Fathom and Jones Edmunds to complete a groundbreaking statewide flood risk analysis. The team leveraged Fathom's existing flood modeling framework combined with Taylor Engineering and Jones Edmunds local expertise to rapidly develop a bespoke fully 2D statewide flood model that covered coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood risk under both current and future climate scenarios. The webinar will explore; • The reasons driving the creation of consistent and comprehensive statewide mapping with future climate scenarios. • The challenges encountered when developing a map of such complexity and the innovative solutions created to overcome them. • How Fathom's data can supplement Base Level Engineering maps, local data and the latest LiDAR data to to fill in the data gaps across the US. • How to demonstrate the benefits delivered to a wide range of stakeholders. **Eddy's talking points are in regard to statewide flood risk analysis** The project had challenges, including the short deadline and the need to create a consistent statewide flood risk model from scratch complete with future climate change scenarios. However, through effective collaboration and innovative problem-solving, the team delivered a comprehensive assessment that met all of the State's requirements. Speakers: Gavin Lewis, Aff.M.ASCE Head of Engineering·Fathom Gavin has a strong background in spatial data and technology across a number of sectors particularly asset management & infrastructure, international development and insurance. He is responsible for applying Fathom's world-leading scientific research and model development on flooding and climate change to help overcome real world issues in engineering and infrastructure caused by flooding and the future impacts of climate change. Through the development of global flood hazard maps, catastrophe models and data services Fathom support risk managers, engineers, infrastructure and asset owners, utilities, insurers and climate change specialists to really understand the impact of flooding and climate change and support them in the development of risk assessment, mitigation and resilience strategies. Michael DelCharco, P.E. Vice President, Water Resources·Taylor Engineering Michael DelCharco leads the company's water resources group and is charged with maintaining technical excellence, keeping a strategic focus, and ensuring a healthy work environment. In addition, he serves as project manager on larger water resources projects, provides technical oversight and management for the group's water resources, water supply, dam breach, hydraulic modeling, wave modeling, and levee analysis. He is also project manager for coastal and riverine flood risk studies, environmental restoration and mitigation studies, and other hydrologic and hydraulic-related projects. Justin Gregory, P.E. Vice President and Senior Manager·Jones Edmunds & Associates Justin is a seasoned expert in his field, with over 20 years of experience in watershed and regional-scale floodplain and stormwater modeling projects across Florida. He is committed to advancing more efficient and effective regional-scale flood models to improve our understanding of future flood risks. Eddy Bouza Program Management Director, Resilient Florida·Florida Department of Environmental Protection Eddy currently serves on the Florida Floodplain Management Association board as the "Champion of Leveraging" in the organization's three-year strategic plan initiative. Eddy earned a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Biological Science and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from FSU. He is certified in floodplain management and supervisory management. Eddy enjoys playing games with his kids and hiking nature trails with his black lab, Timber; he is also an amateur photographer and a weekend DIY-er.

Contact Name: 
Bouza, Eddy
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Last Modified:
June 28, 2024 - 5:47pm

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