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Mapping the Zone: Improving Flood Map Accuracy
a certified floodplain manager through the ASFPM and a certified floodplain surveyor through a joint program between North Carolina, FEMA, and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). Ms. Lathrop received an M.E.S. in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her practical experience with the National Flood Insurance Program began with flood hazard mapping in 1974 when the program was still under the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and continued with years of field and office work relating to Elevation Certificates, applications for Letters of Map Change, and land development and planning. Her firm, Cadastral Consulting, LLC, was formed primarily to provide continuing education for surveyors, but now also includes her consulting practice. Ms. Lathrop served as the ACSM representative to the Technical Mapping Advisory Council to FEMA from 1995 through the council’s culmination in 2000, and has served on task forces creating the current and immediately prior versions of the Elevation Certificate.
David F. Maune, colonel, retired, is a senior project manager for Dewberry in Fairfax, Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in geodetic science and photogrammetry from the Ohio State University. Colonel Maune’s career in military mapping, charting, and geodesy began in 1963 and included positions such as director of the Defense Mapping School and commander and director of the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center. After retirement, Dr. Maune joined the private sector, managing projects for FEMA, USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and numerous states and counties. He was instrumental in FEMA’s transition to the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and lidar (light detection and ranging) technologies and is recognized as an industry leader in the use of lidar data for floodplain mapping and in the independent quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of lidar data. He wrote FEMA’s standards for aerial mapping and surveying, which include the use of lidar technology in hydraulic modeling. He was the principal author of National Height ModernizationStudy—Report to Congress, published by the National Geodetic Survey in 1998, and editor and principal author of both the first and the second editions of Digital Elevation Model Technologies and Applications:The DEM Users Manual, published by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in 2001 and 2007. He is a registered geodetic surveyor, photogrammetric surveyor, and ASPRS-certified photogrammetrist. He is also a certified floodplain manager for the ASFPM.
Burrell E. Montz is a professor, director of graduate studies in the Department of Geography, and associate director of the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies at Binghamton University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Montz has more than 25 years of experience with research in natural hazards, concentrating primarily on flood hazards, floodplain management, and the social science aspects of response and policy development. She has evaluated the effects and effectiveness of various mitigation measures for flooding, including floodplain designation; the flow and use of warning system information by different communities; and the use of GIS to better understand vulnerability to multiple hazards. Dr. Montz served on the NRC Committee to Assess the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service Initiative.
Spencer Rogers is an extension specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant, where he specializes inhurricane-resistant construction techniques, shoreline erosion, coastal management, and marine construction. He is also on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science and is an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University’s Department of Civil Engineering. He was previously employed by the Florida Bureau of Beaches and Shores. Mr. Rogers has an M.S. in coastal and oceanographic engineering from the University of Florida. He represents marine science and technology on the North Carolina Coastal Resources Advisory Council, which advises the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission on coastal management regulations. Mr. Rogers is a member of FEMA’s Hurricane Katrina Mitigation Assessment Team, North Carolina’s floodplain mapping Cooperating Technical State committee (for which he reviews the coastal maps), and the National Institute of Building Sciences HAZUS (Hazards, U.S.) Flood and Hurricane committees. He is a member of the National Association of Coastal