The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Multi-Hazard Flood Map Modernization and The National Map

This article describes how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is embarking on an ambitious effort to modernize the Nation's flood maps and develop a framework for the distribution of geospatial data of all hazards in the process. As the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners are implementing The National Map, they will develop a similar framework. The author notes that there is at present a great opportunity to collaborate on data collection efforts. Both initiatives address partnerships among all levels of government to develop, enhance, and share geospatial data. Enhanced efforts by the USGS to facilitate data exchange across all levels of government for The National Map will also help to bridge the gap separating local data from Federal systems. For example, it may require additional effort to encourage data sharing from state and local partners. However, non-Federal entities often see benefits in having flood maps developed from their base maps, so there is incentive for them to provide the data under Federal agency requirements or standards. The author concludes that collaboration on these projects will demonstrate the potential of these partnerships not only for traditional applications, but for evolving homeland security missions as well.


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  • Accession Number: 01001863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2005 10:13AM