USGS researcher to brief staffer of U.S. Representative Charlie Crist

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USGS research geologist Cheryl Hapke, along with Phil Kramer, the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography,  briefed a staffer from U.S. Representative Charlie Crist's St Petersburg office on the Florida Coastal Mapping Program.

On Wed., Dec 20, research geologist Cheryl Hapke, along with Phil Kramer, the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO),  briefed a staffer from U.S. Representative Charlie Crist's St Petersburg office on the Florida Coastal Mapping Program (FCMP). The researchers from the USGS and FIO are spearheading the development of the FCMP, a Federal-State partnership, to inventory existing coastal seafloor data for 2,100 km of the Florida coastline, conduct a gap analysis, and have a stakeholder meeting (January 9–11, 2018) to develop a prioritization and a strategy to fill data gaps over the coming decade. The effort is focusing on data in the 0–200m water depth, dividing the Florida coast into 6 regions. The request for a briefing came after the new St. Petersburg Innovation District showcased the FCMP at an Expo in early December. Rep. Crist's staffer Dilion Stafford was in attendance and requested to be put in contact with Hapke and Kramer to learn more about FCMP. For more information on the January workshop, see http://www.fio.usf.edu/documents/florida-coastal-mapping-program-workshop-20180109-10.pdf