Palm Beach Sea Level Rise Storm Surge Modeling

Shafer Consulting provided scientific mapping and modelling services to Palm Beach County under contract with Calvin Giordano & Assoc. With the latest LIDAR elevation data, we used GIS to model the potential effect of sea level rise on the coastal community of Palm Beach County, Florida, under four possible future scenarios: 3 feet of sea level rise (SLR), and 3 ft SLR plus storm surge from Category 1, 3 and 5 hurricanes, respectively. Community vulnerability to the resulting inundation zones was evaluated along multiple dimensions, including: Critical Facilities, Ecosystems, Economy, Coastal Resources, Water Resources, and Population.