GeoLearn, a company focused on serving the geospatial industry with online learning and continuing education credits, is proud to announce that nationally recognized geospatial expert Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM has added seven new courses to the GeoLearn catalog.  Wendy's highly regarded expertise and experience in the topics of floodplain management, floods and the national flood insurance program (NFIP), have led to her recent appointment to the new Technical Mapping Advisory Council to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a reprise of her service on the first such Council from 1995 to 2000.

Her floodplain management-related courses cover a broad range of topics, from technical to regulatory to design and planning considerations.  A sampling of topics includes the roles of elevations and insurance in floodplain management, resiliency (ability to recover from flooding), coastal concerns in the NFIP, and FEMA's technical guidance documents. Wendy has also demonstrated her wide prowess in other topics related to the business of surveying by teaching a course on applied ethics in surveying, and another on technical writing.

Wendy's flood-related courses have proven to be of benefit to surveyors, engineers, planners, floodplain managers, and similar professionals. Both professionals and technicians in any field will benefit from her courses on writing and ethics.

"While my GeoLearn courses don't comprise a graduate degree, they can serve to update a professional's knowledge or simply make a professional conversant in many aspects of a complex subject," said Lathrop. "However my writing and ethics courses are practical and useful to technicians and professionals equally. I think the internalization of the principles may be different for the two groups, but both will find them enjoyable."

"Wendy's experience as a teacher at the college level shows in the care and precision with which she expounds on the multi-layered subject of floods and floodplain management," said GeoLearn CEO Joe Paiva. "We are pleased that she is on our faculty too."