Author: Rebecca French

Public Meeting on CIRCA Updated Projections of Sea Level Rise for the State of Connecticut

  When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 1-3pm Where: Remote Attendance: Register for Webinar In Person Attendance: Marine Sciences Building Room 103 University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus 1080 Shennecossett Rd Groton, CT 06340 Agenda: Marine Sciences Professor and CIRCA Executive Director, James O’Donnell will present the findings of a study to update the NOAA 2012 […]

Join CIRCA for Expert Panel on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Climate Science on September 21

HURRICANE HARVEY and HURRICANE IRMA: Climate Science, Recovery & Resilience Expert panel and discussion sponsored by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation Thursday, September 21 12-1 PM   UConn Avery Point Campus Marine Sciences Building Room 103 OR Remote attendance: Dial 415-655-0002 Access Code: 649 191 751 Listen toll free via computer here Tweet us […]

A Workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation

Event Timing: Thursday, September 28, 2017 Registration at 10:30 AM Program runs 11:00 AM to 3:50 PM Location: Maritime Aquarium 10 North Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854 Workshop Registration is Open: Register Here 9/13/17 Updated Draft Agenda Description: Creating and restoring marshes along shorelines has the potential to enhance both ecosystem resilience and provide green […]

CIRCA Grant to City of Hartford Launches Sustainability Office and City’s First Climate Action Plan

By Taylor Mayes, UConn ’18, CIRCA Summer 2017 Undergraduate Intern “The hundreds of people who have provided input into this Plan should have our sincere thanks. In particular, I wanted to recognize and thank the volunteer members of the Climate Stewardship Council and the staff of Hartford’s Office of Sustainability, created in my office in […]

CIRCA Receives 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to Evaluate Living Shorelines to Reduce Flood Risk

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut will be awarded funds to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines (a.k.a. nature-based infrastructure). The funds for CIRCA are part of a $1 million 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to the Northeast Regional Ocean […]

CIRCA Partnerships in Engagement and Education: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Fairfield Museum Rising Tides Exhibit

By Hannah Spicer, CIRCA Undergraduate Program Assistant Intern, 2016-2017 Academic Year The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk was a recent recipient of a $485,000 grant awarded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the United States Department of Commerce. They were one of five to receive this 2016 Environmental Literacy Grant out of 170 applications emphasizing […]

CIRCA Awards Matching Funds Grant to Purchase Reef Balls to Build Connecticut’s Largest Living Shoreline

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) provided a $91,000 grant to Professor Jennifer Mattei at Sacred Heart University to fund the purchase of most of the 273 reef balls needed to protect an additional 750 feet of shoreline at Stratford Point in Stratford, CT. The CIRCA grant represents a 25% match for […]

Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan

Author – Rafeed Hussain, CIRCA Summer 2016 Undergraduate Student Intern. Rafeed is an environmental science major at the University of Connecticut. He will graduate in fall 2016. He is from Niantic, Connecticut. Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan The world is changing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that by the turn of the century […]

Current Policies on Sea Level Rise in Connecticut

By Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement CIRCA and Maya Thompson CIRCA 2015-2016 Undergraduate Intern CIRCA is often asked, “What number should I be using for sea level rise for planning in my town?” There are many sea level rise planning tools available that are appropriate for education and awareness-raising and first-pass planning, but there also […]

Old Saybrook Committee Recommends Adapting, Mitigating, and Retreating When It Comes to Addressing the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

By Maya Thompson, 2015-2016 CIRCA Undergraduate Intern In May 2014, the Old Saybrook Board of Selectmen established the Town’s Sea Level Rise and Climate Adaptation Committee (SLRCAC). It was comprised of residents concerned about the growing impacts of sea level rise. The Committee, which met bi-weekly for 18 months, formally issued its Report of Findings to the […]