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Mapping Sea Level Rise: Tools for Community Assessment and Planning

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Christopher Damon
Environmental Data Center, University of Rhode Island
Pam Rubinoff
Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island

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  • 1. Adapting to a Changing Climate:To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n g Mapping Sea Level Rise:Tools for Community Assessment and Planning Christopher Damon Environmental Data Center, University of Rhode Island Pam Rubinoff Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island
  • 2. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: The Scenarios Spring High Hide = Mean Tide Plus 1’ SLR Wickford Market Place 10 Sept., 2010 Photo: T. Crean
  • 3. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: The Scenarios 3’ SLR = Surge from Extratropical Storm Middlebridge, South Kingstown 28 Oct., 2006 Photo: T. Crean
  • 4. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: LiDAR Digital Elevation Models Source: NED 30m (~98ft) Source: LiDAR 0.6m (2ft)
  • 5. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: LiDAR LiDAR Basics Airborne Light Detection And Ranging Distance measured by time difference LiDAR is indiscriminate Records > 100k points per second Ability to differentiate between trees and ground
  • 6. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: LiDAR LiDAR Consolidation 12 Datasets merged together – 1997 thru 2009 – Different formats, scales, quality – Largely inaccessible and unusable – Included all available bathymetry Capitalize on existing information
  • 7. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise:Seamless Elevation/Bathymetry Statewide coverage – 2’ cell size – local accuracy determined by input source quality Available online
  • 8. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: Inundation Modeling “Bathtub” Analysis Modeled Analysis Single value applied across study Modeled output varies across area study area Include erosion and run-up SLOSH, HAZUS, etc.
  • 9. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: Statewide Products Elevation/Bathymetry – 2’ pixel size SLR surfaces – 1’, 3’, 5’, 1938 surge Contour lines – 2’, 5’, 10’
  • 10. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: Estimating Vulnerability Use state SLR surfaces Additional data – RIGIS E911 structures, roads, evacuation routes, shelters, etc. – NK parcels and property values – NK facilities and engineering
  • 11. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: Real Property Exposure * Requires parcel and tax data
  • 12. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: Infrastructure Exposure
  • 13. Adapting to a Changing Climate: To o l s f o r C o m m u n i t y A s s e s s m e n t a n d P l a n n i n gMapping Sea Level Rise: DIY Mapping www.arcgis.com