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.

  • ASFPM Flood Science Center Library - Funding: ASFPM Foundation. ASFPM has produced numerous, floodplain management publications, and has acquired or received by donations a substantial number of flood-related books. Since 2010, ASFPM has been investing in developing a library to properly archive these materials. In addition to curating a physical collection, ASFPM has also invested into R&D for creating an online … Continued
  • Best Practices & Case Studies Compendium - Completed 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 other … Continued
  • Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvements Planning - Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: American Planning Agency. ASFPM is partnering with the American Planning Agency to identify mainstream techniques that increase community resiliency by incorporating information from extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions into local or regional capital improvement plans.
  • Building Community Resilience through Integrated Risk Modeling - Completed 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 larger … Continued
  • Course 273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM manages field deployment of this course. We have developed a cadre of instructors to support states interested in providing this training in their state.
  • CRS Green Guide: Improving Coastal Resiliency Through Community Engagement - Completed 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 increase … Continued
  • Flood Mapping for the Nation - Funding: ASFPM. The Association of State Floodplain Managers continues to use the cost estimates from this report to promote increased funding for flood hazard mapping. Completed in 2013, this internally-funded project developed an estimate of the total cost to complete floodplain mapping of the country based on parameters specified in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform … Continued
  • Floodplain Management Professionals Survey of Flood Insurance Successes & Concerns - Completed 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 three … 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 2017. 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 of … Continued
  • K-12 Education for Floodplain Management Gap Assessment - Completed 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 areas … 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 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 communications … Continued
  • Naturally Resilient Communities - Completed 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. This … Continued
  • Shoreline Inventory & Oblique Photo Viewer - Completed 2017. Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. The Flood Science Center has updated and added more oblique photos to the Shoreline Inventory & Oblique Photo Viewer application developed through prior a grant. Coastal oblique photos from the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol (Spring 2017) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2012 FEMA Coastal Flood Study) have … Continued
  • Social Vulnerability & Urban Flood Modeling - Completed 2018. Funding: Argosy Foundation. FSC conducted research and analysis focused on modeling the social and economic costs for flood-risk reduction in urban areas. Social vulnerability indices were developed for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin and integrated with Hazus flood-damage estimates to move toward a more holistic approach of understanding all costs (direct and indirect) of flooding … Continued