Listed on this page are some of the featured investigations from the Flood Science Center. These are just a few samples of the valuable research and projects produced by the center. See our Research & Projects page for an in-depth dive into all our products.

  • Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvements Planning - Completed: March 2020. Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: American Planning Association. Capital improvements are often the largest investments made by communities. In coastal communities, where capital improvements are being driven by growth and development as well as degradation by extreme weather events and climate hazards, capital improvement costs are even higher. Because capital … Continued
  • Update of ASFPM’s 1996 “Addressing Your Community’s Flood Problems: A Guide for Elected Officials” - Completed: February 2020. Funding: ASFPM Foundation; Westfield Insurance Foundation In 1996, ASFPM published “ADDRESSING YOUR COMMUNITY’S FLOOD PROBLEMS: A Guide for Elected Officials.” The document was popular and has been an important guide for educating elected officials on the impacts of flooding, identification of flood risk, flood preparation, post-flood actions, and resources to assist their community. It also identified successful … Continued
  • Flood Mapping for the Nation - Completed: January 2020. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. Since the initial publication of the Flood Mapping for the Nation report in 2013, the report has been cited numerous times as part of other academic and congressional research and was directly quoted by Representative Maxine Waters (CA) in a letter to a congressional budget subcommittee to justify increased … Continued
  • NOAA Digital Coast Fellow 2016-2018 - Completed: March 2019. Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and ASFPM Foundation. Partner: Coastal States Organization. With funding from NOAA and the ASPM Foundation, ASFPM partnered with the Coastal States Organization to integrate and update guides to help coastal communities, including ASFPM’s Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (2007) and the Foundation’s Holistic Coasts report (2013), … Continued
  • Access to the Authoritative Flood Model - Completed: March 2019. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The flood models associated with flood studies are valuable data needed for managing development in the SFHA. ASFPM is aware of a number of entities that provide access to flood models. ASFPM documented state and local authorities who provide access to flood engineering models and evaluated the … Continued
  • NAI How-to Guides - Completed: 2013-2019. Funding: ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation. In furtherance of ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact initiative, the association has developed a series of NAI How-to Guides for each of the building blocks in the No Adverse Impact: A Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management. They include: Mitigation (completed in 2013) Infrastructure (completed in 2013) Planning (completed … Continued
  • Integrating NAI and the Community, Health and Resource Management (CHARM) Tools and Training Platform - Completed: November 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partners: Texas Community Watershed Partnership and Florida Floodplain Management Association. ASFPM and the Texas Community Watershed Partnership at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service worked together to integrate their CHARM scenario planning platform (www.communitycharm.org) with ASFPM’s NAI approach. The project team, with help from the Florida Floodplain … Continued
  • Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide - Completed: February 2018. Funding: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management. ASFPM and NOAA Office for Coastal Management lead the Digital Coast Partnership in working with coastal communities on the Great Lakes to improve community resilience through the comprehensive planning and management within coastal watersheds. The major outcome … Continued
  • Floodplain Management: State Programs Update 2017 - Completed: February 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. ASFPM last updated the State Floodplain Management Programs report in 2010. This project is updating the status of state level floodplain management in the United States as of 2017. In partnership with the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards … Continued
  • Social Vulnerability & Urban Flood Modeling - Completed: February 2018. Funding: Argosy Foundation. One of the main goals of this Argosy Foundation funded research was to understand how socioeconomic conditions and social vulnerability could be included in local flood risk management and planning in urban areas. ASFPM, through its No Adverse Impact initiative, advocates for comprehensive flood risk planning and management, which … Continued
  • Floodplain Management Professionals Survey of Flood Insurance Successes & Concerns - Completed: January 2018. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. To identify concerns and successes in implementing the NFIP, floodplain management or similar professions were canvassed about their professional experience in floodplain management. This canvass was conducted using a digital questionnaire and developed in conjunction with the OFIA’s staff. The questionnaire was designed to gather information on … Continued
  • CRS Green Guide: Improving Coastal Resiliency Through Community Engagement - Completed: December 2017. Funding: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Partner: Coastal States Organization. ASFPM partnered with the Coastal States Organization on a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grant related to the CRS program. The overall goal of the project was to increase the number of communities making voluntary, effective measures to … Continued
  • Building Community Resilience through Integrated Risk Modeling - Completed: November 2017. Funding: Department of Housing and Urban Development. Partners: AECOM, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, American Planning Association and National Association of Counties. FSC worked with AECOM through HUD funding in partnership with NOAA OCM, APA and NACo to explore strategies to more effectively integrate mitigation planning into the … Continued
  • Best Practices & Case Studies Compendium - Completed: October 2017. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. Best practice case studies are an effective tool to promote higher standards in floodplain management and are a routine component of ASFPM projects. The project involved indexing and electronically archiving case studies and best practices. By making these case studies more usable and accessible, it is more likely that … Continued
  • K-12 Education for Floodplain Management Gap Assessment - Completed: October 2017. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. This project researched the state of current K-12 flood education nationally and identified and compiled a catalog of education programs, guidance and materials. Additionally, an evaluation of potential flood education gaps was conducted looking at the current practices, programs and materials. The gap evaluation results provide some specific focus … Continued
  • National Flood Mitigation & Floodproofing Workshop - Completed: August 2017. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The workshop was held Aug. 14-17, 2017 in New Jersey and provided information on implementation of flood hazard mitigation actions that support the NFIP. The workshop presented up-to-date information on current mitigation techniques in the following categories: regulatory, planning, structural protection through retrofitting, floodproofing, etc. and risk … Continued
  • ASFPM Foundation Special Library Collections - Completed: June 2017. Funding: ASFPM Foundation. In conjunction with the ASFPM Flood Resource Library project and thanks to the generous support of the ASFPM Foundation, the Association of State Floodplain Managers is able to showcase these donated library collections, each designed to advance the science that mitigates the losses, costs and human suffering caused by … Continued
  • ASFPM Flood Resource Library - ASFPM and the Flood Science Center have produced and continue to produce numerous floodplain management publications. Additionally, FSC has identified, acquired or received through donations a substantial number of flood-related books and resources, such as the FEMA Collection, that contains hundreds of books, reports and guidance documents. To help share all these publications and resources … Continued
  • Shoreline Inventory & Oblique Photo Viewer - Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer was initially developed in 2008, beginning with the creation of a shoreline inventory and analysis based on Lake Michigan oblique photos from 1976 and 2007. Through subsequent projects and funding, FSC has added more data, oblique … Continued
  • National Flood Barrier Testing & Certification Program - Funding: ASFPM and Vendor Application Fees. Partners: FM Approvals and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee. ASFPM in partnership with FM Approvals and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee have implemented a national program of testing and certifying flood barrier products used for flood proofing and flood fighting. … Continued
  • Naturally Resilient Communities - Completed: January 2017. Funding: Kresge Foundation. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Counties and Sasaki Associates. Communities today are facing more challenges than ever before. From weather-related disasters and public health crises to needs for economic development, the demands on our communities’ limited resources are growing. … Continued