ATLANTA, Ga. -- Nearly half a million dollars has been set aside for the Division of Coastal Management, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to develop digital terrain models that will be used to calculate annualized long-term erosion rates on North Carolina's lengthy coastline.
Participating in the joint funding effort are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the state through the North Carolina Emergency Management Division (NCEMD), and the Ocean and Coastal Resources Management (OCRM), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"Although we've managed to improve storm tracking and evacuation capabilities that have helped to minimize the loss of life in disaster strikes," said FEMA Regional Director John B. Copenhaver, "we're often limited in our efforts to substantially reduce property losses."
New and continuing initiatives are being applied to such efforts, Copenhaver explained, and development of digital terrain models is expected to help define and map high hazard coastal boundaries.
FEMA will fund a little more than half the project cost, OCRM will contribute $100,000, and the state will provide the entire non-federal 25 percent share, said NCDEM Director Eric Tolbert.