New Resource: Hurricane Center to launch maps that will predict storm surge

“The National Hurricane Center will launch storm surge inundation maps for the first time this summer, predicting where and how deep flooding will hit here and elsewhere.

Two years ago the maps were tested on the Outer Banks. Data from hundreds of hurricane forecast scenarios was fed into a supercomputer.”

Read more at The Virginia Pilot.


Coastal Ecosystem Services Podcast

In this first episode of the 2016 “Below the Surface” podcast series, LP discusses coastal ecosystem services with the legendary Margaret Davidson. Listen to the podcast here.

Margaret has been working in “ecosystem services” since 1978. She is a lawyer and holds a master’s degree in marine policy and resource economics form the University of Rhode Island. Early in her career, she served as special counsel and assistant attorney general for the Louisana Department of Justice and, from 1983 to 1995, she was the executive director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. She has held a faculty appointment at the University of Charleston and served on the adjunct faculties of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Margaret has also been a part of numerous local, state and federal committees. She joined NOAA as the founding director of the NOAA Coastal Services Center in 1995 and later served as the Acting Director of the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. For the last few years, she has been the Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience Science and Services with NOAA and the National Ocean Service.

Her professional awards include: Fulbright Fellowship, American Meterological Society Fellow, Gilbert White Fellow, and Zurich Fellow for Climate Adaptation.”

Upcoming APA Webinar: Combining Climate Change Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans


“July 7, 2016, 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. CT

(starting at 1 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT)

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1 Core CEC for CFMs

The Planning Information Exchange (PIE) steering committee is pleased to announce the Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans webinar.

Please join two professionals, a planner and emergency manager, as they discuss how and why Baltimore and Monterey County, California, decided to merge together climate adaptation and hazard mitigation plans. The discussion will be centered on the basic premise of Baltimore’s effort to merge its climate adaptation plan with the update of its hazard mitigation plan, issues Baltimore has experienced or will experience (e.g., increased nuisance flooding), the nature and scope of the Monterey County plan, challenges Monterey County has faced in its multijurisdictional approach, and much more.

The webinar is free but registration is required.”