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Delaware Coastal Inundation Maps

Coastal inundation map for the City of New Castle, DE

In early 2014, topographic LiDAR was collected for the entire state of Delaware through a collaboration between the USGS, Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), funded through the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fund. The state-wide LiDAR data has a RMSEz of 6.3 cm in open terrain. From these data, a seamless, statewide 1-meter, hydro-flattened, bare earth digital elevation model (DEM) was produced. This topographic DEM was used to develop new bathtub-model coastal inundation maps for the state of Delaware. Inundation maps correspond to inundatation scenarios and include surfaces from Mean Higher-High Water (MHHW) to 7 feet above MHHW, in 1-foot increments. These maps will help assess the potential impacts of sea-level rise and advise long-range planning of infrastructure, facilities, land management, land use, and capital spending.

Determination of Future Sea-Level Rise Planning Scenarios and Development of Coastal Inundation Maps for the State of Delaware

Roadway flooding along Delaware's coastal areas  (Photo: DNREC, 2012)
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The Delaware Geological Survey will review recent scientific literature and assessments of sea-level change in Delaware and identify appropriate scenarios to use for planning purposes throughout the state. This project will also develop new inundation maps along Delaware's coast that correspond to the identified scenarios.