Cheryl Hapke Is Lead Organizer of Florida Coastal Mapping Summit
Are you interested in Florida’s coastal resources? Then check out the Florida Coastal Mapping Program’s (FCMaP) online summit on December 7, 2021! This free event will feature discussions on coastal mapping updates, priorities, technology specs and standards, and information about the newly funded Florida Seafloor Mapping Initiative. The summit will include presentations from federal, state, and academic partners. Integral Senior Consultant Cheryl Hapke, Ph.D., is a cofounder of FCMaP and has served as its coordinator, and now chair, since 2018.
Florida’s economy is dependent on coastal and ocean resources for tourism, fishing, and navigation, and the state’s long coastline is highly vulnerable to storms and sea level rise. To address the state’s needs, FCMaP was created in 2017. As an initiative between federal and Florida state agencies and institutions, FCMaP is facilitating the collection and accessibility of Florida coastal seafloor data. FCMaP’s goal is to have a comprehensive, high-resolution seafloor data set of Florida’s coastal waters by 2028—currently, only 20% of the state’s coastal waters have been mapped using modern technologies.
Dr. Hapke is a coastal geologist with more than 25 years of experience studying coastal evolution and coastal change processes in a variety of geomorphic settings, including barrier islands and rocky and reef-fringed coasts. She is also a research professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, College of Marine Science, which supports her role in chairing the FCMaP Science and Technical Advisory Council.
For more information about FCMaP and Integral’s coastal services, contact Dr. Hapke at firstname.lastname@example.org.