February 22, 2010

Mapping the Zone

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance rate maps show flood risk areas, form the basis for setting flood insurance premiums, and regulate development within floodplains. This information is an important tool for governments, businesses, and individuals, so improving the accuracy of these maps is not just a nicety, it is valuable to everyone. This study co-sponsored by FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) examined factors that affect map accuracy, assessed the costs and benefits of maintaining more accurate maps, and recommended ways to improve mapping and management of flood-related data. This book is filled with map images as well as process flow charts which detail how map data is gathered.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Mapping the Zone: Improving Flood Map Accuracy
National Research Council of the National Academies
GB 1399.2 .M37 2009