Using Geographic Tools to identify industrial and commercial facilities for which pollution prevention efforts may reduce exposure to hazards associated with climate-related flooding
This New Jersey focused report describes a Rutgers University project using geospatial analytical tools with environmental, flood, and climate data to inform state and federal program’s operations, local resilience planning, and public awareness. Rutgers researchers created a database of of 1,302 active industrial and commercial facilities in New Jersey and determined their vulnerability to flood impacts as climate conditions change, and the potential future exposures in communities where these facilities reside.
Identify flood-prone facilities near your New Jersey community.
A key outcome of the project is a publicly-accessible ESRI Story Map that demonstrates:
- 267 facilities were located in areas inundated by previous storm events.
- 1,099 facilities are located in a flood hazard of concern in present day.
- 502 facilities are potentially located in an area of a future flood hazard.
- 124 facilities at least partially reside within the bounds of the Hurricane Sandy surge extent, the current 100 year floodplain, and the 2100 Coastal Flood Exposure assessment.
Some of the conclusions and recommendations from the project team include:
- There is a strong need not just for data from “trusted” sources, but also for technical assistance in understanding, applying, and deploying such data in state and local planning efforts.
- It is especially fitting to integrate this data into Hazard Mitigation Planning, given its proactive role in identification of potential exposures and development of mitigation strategies.
- There is an important intersection between this data and community-based health efforts.
The report also discusses the project’s literature review (Appendix A); the analytical methodology to combine facility, flood, and demographic data (Appendix B); a stakeholder review process of the Story Map; and technical assistance to practitioners (Appendix C).
This report was funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Prevention Program and sent to EPA Region 2.
Publication Date: February 2017
Authors or Affiliated Users:
- Jeanne Herb
- Matt Campo
- Jennifer Whytlaw
- Rutgers University
- Academic research paper
- Mapping tool