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The Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP): Coordinating High-resolution Mapping of Florida’s Coastal Waters

Authors: Rene Baumstark*, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Cheryl Hapke, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, Ryan Druyor, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Alexandra Fredericks, U.S. Geological Survey, St Petersburg Coastal and Maine Science Center
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Coastal and Marine
Keywords: GIS, Bathymetry, Prioritization
Session Type: Paper
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Based on a data inventory and gap analysis conducted in 2017, a majority (80%) of Florida’s coastal waters have never been mapped using modern, high-resolution technologies. High-resolution mapping is needed to support critical statewide initiatives including sea level rise adaptation planning, coastal inundation modeling, red tide forecasting, and fisheries management. Given the enormity of the effort needed to comprehensively map Florida’s coastal waters, the Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMaP) was created (1) to unify Florida’s approach to coastal mapping by coordinating across state and federal agencies, academia, and the private sector, and (2) to support efficient and cost-effective data collection focused on the state’s highest priority areas.

In 2018 and 2019, FCMaP led a statewide, stakeholder-driven process to identify mapping priorities. A series of regional stakeholder workshops was held across the state to explain the process and collect stakeholder information using a web-based participatory prioritization GIS tool. The result of this effort is a statewide cumulative perspective of mapping priorities from a broad range of coastal managers, planners, and scientists. The intent of the prioritization is to inform decision making on how to best focus limited efforts and funds moving forward. Preliminary results indicate priority in shallower waters throughout the state extending from the shore to twenty meters of water depth.

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