In anticipation of conditions resulting from climate change, the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (R2CTPO), in partnership with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the University of Florida GeoPlan Center, undertook a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment of critical facilities and transportation infrastructure (Phase 1) and an assessment of potential sea level rise impact areas resulting from 100-year storm coastal flooding levels inclusive of storm surge (Phase 2).
Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment (Phase 1):
- Utilizing the University of Florida GeoPlan Center’s Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool to help identify transportation infrastructure vulnerable to current and future flood risks. The tool analyzes and visualizes current flood risks (100-year and 500-year floodplains and hurricane storm surge zones) as well as future flood risks using sea level rise scenarios from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Climate Assessment. The tool includes: (1) a map viewer to help visualize vulnerable infrastructure to flooding, (2) GIS data layers available for download, and (3) an ArcGIS calculator tool for creating GIS layers for sea level rise inundation. The tool was created by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center with funding from FDOT. The tool is accessible at: http://sls.geoplan.ufl.edu/#intro;
- Establishing a working group consisting of professionals from emergency management, traffic engineering, transit, public works, transportation planning, land use planning and development, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental management; and
- Identifying critical facilities (emergency management centers, public works facilities, etc.) and designated emergency evacuation routes, connections and ramps.
2017 Resilient Volusia County Assessment of Potential Sea Level Rise Impact Areas (Phase 2):
- Analyzing new impact areas resulting from 100-year coastal flooding levels inclusive of storm surge based on sea level rise projections resulting from the Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool;
- Conducting a quality assurance review of model outputs;
- Providing training on the Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool to the working group and other stakeholders; and
- Identifying implementation strategies and educational materials to enhance community resiliency.