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Delaware Coastal Inundation Maps

Coastal inundation map for the City of New Castle, DE

In early 2014, topographic LiDAR was collected for the entire state of Delaware through a collaboration between the USGS, Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), funded through the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fund. The state-wide LiDAR data has a RMSEz of 6.3 cm in open terrain. From these data, a seamless, statewide 1-meter, hydro-flattened, bare earth digital elevation model (DEM) was produced. This topographic DEM was used to develop new bathtub-model coastal inundation maps for the state of Delaware. Inundation maps correspond to inundatation scenarios and include surfaces from Mean Higher-High Water (MHHW) to 7 feet above MHHW, in 1-foot increments. These maps will help assess the potential impacts of sea-level rise and advise long-range planning of infrastructure, facilities, land management, land use, and capital spending.

Protecting tidal wetlands - UD scientists study tidal flow, sediment movement in Kent salt marsh

Three University of Delaware scientists are studying tidal water flow and sediment movement in a Kent County salt marsh to better understand changes to the marsh ecosystem due to a rising sea level.

Losing ground - Can marshes keep pace with the rising tide?

Marshes reduce storm flooding, filter contaminants out of water and provide habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. However, these environmentally critical areas have decreased in extent along the coast in recent decades, and UD researchers are working to better understand the factors that affect marsh stability—especially in the face of sea level rise.