Florida Coastal Mapping Program Summit
The answer may be obvious if you are a boater or fisherman – know how to navigate the waters or find the best fishing spot. However, there are numerous other reasons that up-to-date seafloor maps of Florida is important including:
- Understanding coastal vulnerability and hurricane impacts
- Locating natural resources
- Assessing the health of fishery populations
- Evaluating the performance of restoration projects
Seafloor mapping could also have substantial economic benefits for Florida. The predicted return on investment (ROI) is 5.1:1, or $28 million annually. Members of the St Pete Ocean Team* have been leading the effort to catalog existing maps and prioritize gaps to fill. The Florida Coastal Mapping Program will be holding a state-wide summit on March 31, 2020 in the Innovation District.
The Story Map explains all about the effort and the upcoming summit (just scroll down to see the full story): https://flgio.maps.