NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Infrastructure Study, Brevard County, FL
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NASA/KSC participated in a previous preliminary vulnerability assessment that focused on climate change. The infrastructure study conducted by ATM, a Geosyntec company, advanced that preliminary assessment to provide a more detailed analysis from an engineering perspective and to develop a standardized process for assessing vulnerabilities due to climate change.

ATM conducted a desktop study to determine the vulnerability of 30 critical infrastructure facilities to future flood risks associated with coastal storm surge and sea level rise. ATM produced GIS-based inundation maps using existing LiDAR topography, FEMA 100-year surge levels, and NOAA-predicted sea level rise projections for three time horizons: 2029, 2059, and 2089.

ATM created digital GIS layers of inundation vulnerability and a ranking system. Based upon the ranking system, ATM prioritized critical infrastructure projects needing immediate attention for resiliency efforts. The prioritization also considered project life cycle costs.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Brevard County, FL
  • Client: NASA
  • Project Practice Areas: Coastal & Waterfront
  • Type of Facility: NASA launch site, research center, museum
  • Services Provided: Coastal vulnerability assessment; analysis of coastal storm surge and sea level rise, GIS-based inundation maps, project prioritization/ranking
  • Type of Work: desktop study of climate resiliency