Spatial Methodology for Analysis of Flood Hazard Vulnerability of Historic Structures:in Pilot Pennsylvania Counties

Authors: John Benhart*, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, Deepa Srinivasan, Vision Planning & Consulting LLC
Topics: Planning Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: flood hazard mitigation, historic structures, planning, GIS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper focuses on a project undertaken by the researcher as part of a team of geospatial scientists, planners and architects to identify flood vulnerable historically-significant structures in subject Pennsylvania counties. The project, conceived by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) and implemented by planning consultant Vision Planning and Consulting LLC (Columbia, MD), was a pilot carried out in Bedford, Cameron, Monroe, and Philadelphia Counties, Pennsylvania. The objectives of the pilot project were the development of procedures for quantifying spatial flood hazard, analysis of significant architectural and historic characteristics of structures in subject communities, and identification of best management flood hazard mitigation practices for historic structures that could be applied throughout the Commonwealth. In particular, the project was designed to inform planning for protection of historic resources at the county level in Pennsylvania, through comprehensive planning processes. Analyses, results and examples from Bedford, Cameron, Monroe and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania will be presented to illustrate the integration of GIS-based analyses and flood hazard mitigation best practices that were the outcomes of this project.

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