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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvements Planning - 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 improvements are planned, … 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
  • 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
  • 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, ASFPM has been monitoring changes in technology, engineering and climate models, data, and unit costs (e.g. cost per stream mile for engineering studies) associated with flood hazard mapping along with the knowledge that more mapping … 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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