The Water Institute of the Gulf has been awarded funding to prepare a business plan describing how the organization can support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Risk Map program to identify flood risk and help reduce that risk.

FEMA and its partners provide flood maps and information; tools to assess the risk from flooding; and planning and outreach support to help communities take action to reduce or mitigate flood risk.

The Water Institute was chosen as a cooperating technical partner based on its expertise in forecasting and evaluating risk due to natural hazards such as flooding, storm surge and high rainfall.

As a partner, the institute will perform program management and technical mapping-related activities.

The not-for-profit Water Institute will submit a final five-year business plan in March 2016. Katelyn Costanza, assistant director of natural systems modeling and monitoring, will serve as principal investigator on the project.

“We are honored to have been selected by FEMA, and we look forward to collaborating with relevant federal, state, and local agencies as they work to reduce flood risk to communities across Louisiana,” said Ehab Meselhe, director of natural systems modeling and monitoring.