Coastal

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 […]

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training

Update May 10, 2017: The training is currently full and registration is now closed.  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Check-in at 8:30 AM 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided) See agenda below Location: Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut Save the […]

CIRCA Municipal and Research Project Forum

CIRCA’s Municipal and Research Project Forum was CANCELLED due to storm and in consideration of people traveling longer distances across Connecticut.  We’ll likely be rescheduling this event in May or June and will be back in touch with more information.  Thank you. Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation Municipal and Research Project Forum Friday, […]

CIRCA is Hiring a GIS Technical Temporary Project Specialist

CIRCA invites applications for the position of Temporary Project Specialist to provide support on projects that require mapping and Geographic Information Systems expertise. Position Summary Under the direction of designated supervisor (Prof. James O’Donnell), the position will provide program support in the following activities: mapping, GIS analysis, computer programming for data analysis and visualization. A […]

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 […]