US: According to reports, the US Geological Survey (USGS) is helping Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update its flood-mapping capabilities and online services with a 3D map programme.
Experts believe that FEMA will be one of the prime beneficiaries of the White House’s 3-D mapping program worth $13.1 million. The initiative is part of the climate resilience campaign announced by the US government earlier this year. USGS officials said the program will bring data and related mapping tools to bear on managing flood risks, water resource planning, mitigating coastal erosion and storm surge impacts, and identifying landslide hazards.
As part of the programme, FEMA's Map Service Centre website too is undergoing a transformation and update. The new website is expected to be available for beta testing by July end. In addition, these changes will allow free public access to all flood hazard products sans FEMA’s web-based tools such as the MSC Store, Digital Post Office, Express Document Delivery and EDDie for Disasters tools.