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Thursday, May 24 • 9:30am - 9:45am
NOAA’s How to Map Open Space for Community Rating System Credit

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Preserving open space within floodplains helps protect residents, businesses, and infrastructure from floodwaters and allows communities to return quickly to normal after flooding occurs. Under FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS), it can also help flood insurance policyholders earn discounts on their insurance premiums. However, many communities lack the resources needed to identify eligible preserved open space and document their potential CRS credit. The How to Map Open Space for Community Rating System Credit and companion GIS Workflow and Mapping Guide were recently developed by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) to help coastal and riverine communities with varying levels of GIS capacity identify and earn credit for preserved open space under the CRS Activity 420 (Open Space Preservation). This presentation will introduce the new online products and step-by-step guidance for mapping and calculating eligible preserved open space credit within a community’s regulatory floodplain using GIS software and data. Tips on where to find relevant national and regional spatial data to conduct the parcel-scale analysis, and ways to identify areas that could earn a community additional credit if preserved in future will be discussed. The talk will also highlight how NOAA OCM is working with its partners and communities at the city and county level to improve the products and lower barriers to success in the CRS program.

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Melissa Rosa

Geospatial Specialist, The Baldwin Group at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management
Melissa Rosa is a Geospatial Specialist with over 10 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing applications in natural resource management, conservation and climate adaptation planning. At the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, she develops geospatial products and provides technical... Read More →

Thursday May 24, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am AKDT