Coastal Inundation Mapping

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Flooding is a life-threatening and expensive issue in communities across the nation. This course provides baseline information about the various types of flooding and teaches methods for mapping current flooding and potential coastal inundation scenarios using a GIS. Hands-on exercises will help participants understand and apply the spatial methods covered in this course. Students connect to Web map services, access elevation and water level data, convert between vertical datums, create and manage digital elevation models, map inundation model output, develop inundation zones, and map sea level rise using modeled tidal surfaces.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the different types of coastal inundation
  • Better interpret mapping products and terminology
  • Access topographic and bathymetric data
  • Perform datum conversions
  • Use interpolation methods to create digital elevation models
  • Explore water level data
  • Map coastal inundation (including sea level rise) using a GIS


Participant Requirements

  • Intermediate GIS skills (minimum six months to one year)
  • ArcGIS versions 10.x

Professional Credit

American Institute of Certified Planners – 16 hours

Association of Floodplain Managers – 16 hours

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