Developing Regionally Consistent GIS Methods for Analyzing Potential Sea Level Rise (SLR) Vulnerability in Southeast Florida
02/24/2011 at 10:00-11:30 AM
In 2009, four of Florida’s southeastern counties (Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe) signed a “Regional Climate Change Compact” that, among others, is paving the way to improved GIS coordination as the region plans and adapts to the potential effects of climate change. Using input from NOAA, the Compact (the 4 SE counties and SFWMD) and other key partners have worked on developing and testing common methods and criteria for mapping potential vulnerable areas due to sea level rise (SLR). The approach selected includes using NOAA’s VDatum Mean Higher High Water (MHHW) tidal surfaces and calculating Z scores based on data sources’ uncertainty to estimate the probability of vulnerability. The Compact has also worked on common approaches for analyzing and communicating the vulnerability of certain key resources in the region. This information will aid in the development of a regional climate change action plan. Although reaching technical consensus has been challenging, the spirit of regional collaboration and cooperation has been remarkable and has spurred innovation among the participants. This presentation will highlight the progress made by this effort.
Diana Umpierre (SFWMD), Kelly Ratchinsky (Palm Beach County), Victoria Morrow (Broward County)