As detailed in Florida Statute 380.093, the department has been tasked to develop a statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set by July 1, 2023, and a statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise assessment by July 1, 2024.
Comprehensive Statewide Flood Vulnerability and Sea Level Rise Data Set
The statewide data set will include information necessary to determine the risks to inland and coastal communities. DEP’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Mark Rains, is working in coordination with necessary experts, including the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation, and resources to develop statewide sea level rise projections that incorporate temporal and spatial variability, to the extent practicable, for inclusion in the data set.
This data set inventory will contain information pertaining to, but not limited to, critical and regionally significant assets (such as transportation, critical infrastructure and emergency facilities), topographical data (including digital elevation models and survey data), and flood scenario data (including data regarding precipitation, sea level rise, land use and groundwater elevation).
Comprehensive Statewide Flood Vulnerability and Sea Level Rise Assessment (Modeling and Predicting Vulnerable Areas)
The statewide data set will be used in the development of a comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise assessment. This assessment will be developed in coordination with the Florida Flood Hub and Chief Science Officer; it will identify inland and coastal infrastructure, geographic areas, and communities in the state vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise and the associated risks.
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