Adaptation & Resilience Resources

There are many resources available to Connecticut to plan and implement adaptation and resilience projects. The snapshot below lists websites, reports, and stakeholder organizations that might be helpful to Connecticut’s communities. It is not meant to be an exhaustive inventory or an endorsement by CIRCA of these resources. It is a place to start a search for interested stakeholders.

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CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training.  Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.   You will find the presentations from this training in the links below.

Intro Green Infrastructure – NOAA

Community Benefits of Land Restoration – MetroCOG

Designing for the Future – City of New Haven

Green Infrastructure at the Local Community – ECCD

Green Infrastructure LID in CT – UConn CLEAR


Climate Change in Long Island Sound

Climate Change in Long Island Sound: A Long Island Sound Resource Guide, provides information on key climate change concepts, resources, and Long Island Sound indicators; a portal for links community case studies; examples of research and monitoring being conducted in Long Island Sound; and an educator’s toolbox for teaching about the impacts of the climate system on the Sound. The website also features a news feed and links to other climate resources.

Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO)

Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) is the collaborative work of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) to share environmental and natural resource information with the general public. CT ECO’s mission is to encourage, support, and promote informed land use and development decisions in Connecticut by providing local, state and federal agencies, and the general public with convenient access to the most up-to-date and complete natural resource information available statewide.

The Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE) Database

The RAINE database offers a collection of vulnerability, resilience and adaptation reports and plans and webpages at the state, regional, and community level. RAINE provides quick maps to view organizations being tracked in RAINE, graphs, links to products or plans, and reports for each state, municipality, organization or water body of interest.

US EPA Climate Change (January 19, 2017 Website Archive)

The US EPA Climate Change website archive provides information on why the climate is changing, how the climate is changing and what we can do about this change. Information on national climate indicators and resources are provided. This website is no longer being updated, but remains a strong resource for climate information.

Adaptation Clearinghouse

The Adaptation Clearinghouse seeks to assist policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. Content focal areas include the water, coastal, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors, and adaptation planning, policies, laws, and governance. Resources that fall within these areas receive priority and are the most likely to be published in the Adaptation Clearinghouse. The Adaptation Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Georgetown Climate Center.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Using plain language, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit helps people face climate problems and find climate opportunities. The site offers a five-step resilience planning process, real-world case studies, a catalog of available tools, a visualization tool for the impacts of climate change, narratives describing climate change impacts across the nation, training course, maps for finding climate information, and a search engine for climate science from the federal government.


Connecticut Reports

SAFR Connecticut Connections – Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Concept

The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) was a $1 billion competition for funding to recover with resilience to past disasters. CIRCA worked with the state agencies in SAFR (State Agencies Fostering Resilience) and other municipal and non-profit partners to assess the vulnerabilities of New Haven and Fairfield counties to the impacts of climate change and Hurricane Sandy and to develop a resilience concept to address those vulnerabilities. The SAFR Connecticut Connections report provides a summary of these vulnerabilities, including extensive mapping, as well as a resilient transit-oriented development concept that can be applied to many of Connecticut’s coastal municipalities as a resilience strategy. Link to report. |  Visit the NDRC website.

Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan

The Connecticut Climate Preparedness Plan evaluated the projected impacts of climate change on the state’s agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health. The plan also includes recommendations for adaptation, research, and education.

Connecticut Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Connecticut Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan represents the state’s efforts to approach mitigating the effects of natural disasters. This plan is used as a guideline for the implementation of effective mitigation of natural hazards, natural hazard identification, and risk assessment.


Connecticut Stakeholders in Adaptation and Resilience

There are many active groups working on adaptation and resilience in Connecticut. Many of these groups serve on CIRCA’s Advisory Committee or work with the Institute on projects.

University of Connecticut

Connecticut Sea Grant

Eversource Energy Center

Center for Energy & Environmental Law

Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

Resilient Bridgeport

The Nature Conservancy – Connecticut Coastal Resilience

Connecticut Fund for the Environment & Save the Sound

Audubon Connecticut