In July 2017, in partnership with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), the SCTPO began a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for Brevard County. The assessment utilized the Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool, created by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), to assess transportation features and public service facilities for sea level rise inundation on three levels of projections and the years 2040, 2070, and 2100. The completed findings were presented to the SCTPO Governing Board in February 2018.
Since Brevard County is a coastal community, not only is coastal resiliency a growing concern, but the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or FAST Act also requires transportation planning organizations to account for resiliency during their planning efforts. As solutions, planning, and implementation take time, the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment serves as a first step for the SCTPO, Brevard municipalities, and multi-modal agencies, in highlighting this environmental factor.
See the final report here: Space Coast TPO Sea Level Rise Analysis
Sea Level Rise Key Words
- Inundation: the state of being flooded (due to impacts from sea level rise)
- Resiliency: The capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a region to plan, sustain, adapt, recover, improve and grow collaboratively –regardless what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience –through specific actions and implementation strategies geared to address specific vulnerabilities.