Since 2010, FEMA has been leading a consortium of organizations in an effort to update the coastal flood hazard information and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Great Lakes coastal communities. In addition to FEMA, collaborators include the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning Partners (RAMPP: Dewberry, EPS, and URS) and the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR: Atkins, Greenhorne & O’Mara, Stantec, and CDM Smith). Together, these partners are creating a comprehensive storm and wind study of the Great Lakes basin using analytic and geospatial tools. One of the more interesting of these tools is the USACE's Great Lakes Oblique Photo Viewer. Released in summer of 2012, the viewer provides detailed oblique views for the entire U.S. Great Lakes shoreline. More below:
(Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study News Item, August 17, 2012)
Comment: Besides the very cool Great Lakes Oblique Photo Viewer, it's great to see this many moving parts headed in the same direction. Kudos to all involved!