Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines
Preserving the natural elements of the shore while also providing protection from erosion.

Critical Infrastructure

Critical Infrastructure
Connecting firm science with the decision-making needs of state and local leaders.

Inland Flooding

Inland Flooding
Projecting changing precipitation patterns and future inland flooding in riverine communities.

Coastal Flooding

Coastal Flooding & Waves
Mapping coastal flooding from waves, storm surge and high tide.

Policy and Planning

Policy & Planning
Community climate adaptation policy and planning through research and analysis.

Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise
Providing future sea level rise scenarios for Connecticut's coastline.

Featured Projects & Products

Super Storm Sandy in Connecticut:
Progress & Challenges After Ten Years

Twed Airport Flood

Ten years ago, the reality of stronger storms, climate change, and sea level rise arrived on Connecticut’s shore with Super Storm Sandy. In the intervening decade, local and state agencies, academic institutions, and organizations around the state mobilized more resources and capacity to address the issue of climate change. CIRCA hosted an event at UConn Avery Point's Branford House on October 28, 2022 to mark the Anniversary of this memorable storm and highlight Connecticut’s progress and challenges to address the increasing threats of climate change.

CIRCA's 2022 Grant Awards

Municipal Resilience Grant Program

CIRCA is pleased to announce five 2022 Municipal Resilience Grant Program (MRGP) awards as part of funding in either Track 1 (implementing stormwater authorities) or Track 2 (building a project pipeline). Read about awards to: Fairfield, Housatonic Valley Association, Old Saybrook, Southeastern Connecticut COG, and Stonington.  

Research Seed Grants

CIRCA is pleased to announce two new research seed grants to UConn faculty studying wind & wave heights and the benefits of aquatic vegetation for climate mitigation and adaptation in Long Island Sound. Congrats to Drs. Ravishanker and Manning! These awards are intended to support the development of competitive grant proposals while advancing CIRCA’s mission.

Both MRGP and research grant projects will be complete at the end of spring 2023.

Storm Damage

10 Steps to Municipal Resilience

CIRCA describes “10 Steps to Municipal Resilience” in a new fact sheet to help CT towns and cities adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. Along with the fact sheet are two additional resources: 1) a website that describes both CIRCA’s and other organizations’ resources and tools to help communities implement the 10 steps and 2) a video featuring Professors Jim O’Donnell  and Joe MacDougald who provide informal commentary and added insight for each of the 10 steps. 

Learn about Resilient Connecticut

CIRCA, in coordination with state agencies, regional councils of governments (COGs) and municipalities, has initiated Resilient Connecticut, as part of Phase II of the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. Resilient Connecticut focuses on regional resilience and adaptation planning through engagement and vulnerability assessments that inform municipal to regional scale initiatives and pilot projects in the Superstorm Sandy impacted regions of New Haven and Fairfield Counties.

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CT SLR graph

Sea Level Rise Projections for Connecticut

Based on the scenarios CIRCA recommends that Connecticut plan for the upper end of the range of values projected of sea level rise or up to 20 inches (50cm) of sea level rise higher than the national tidal datum in Long Island Sound by 2050 and that it is likely that sea level will continue to rise after that date. The Institute also recommended that the scenarios be updated at least every 10 years, or more frequently, to incorporate the best available science and new observations.

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News & Announcements

Resilience Roundup and CIRCA Announcements

Sign Up for the Resilience Roundup e-newsletter and CIRCA Announcements

The Resilience Roundup is an e-newsletter including local, state, and national news clips on resilience and adaptation as well as resources , events, and funding announcements. The CIRCA Announcements list will send you notices of the latest CIRCA research, events, tools, grants, and engagement opportunities.

To stay in touch on a broad range of floodplain management issues subscribe to, The Torrent, an e-newsletter published by our partners at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Land and Water Resources Division.

Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance


This project combined science, policy, and planning at the state and local levels to address the resilience of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change. The purpose of the project was to develop tools for municipalities to assess vulnerable infrastructure to inundation by river flow, sea level rise, and storm surge in the next 25-50 years.  This work was made possible through a Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Housing CDBG-Disaster Recovery Program and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Cosey Beach, East Haven, CT (Courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection)

CIRCA Grant Products


Municipal Resilience Grant Program

Learn about new funding available and previously funded municipal projects designed to move our state from planning to implementation.

Matching Funds Grant Program

Learn more about the 9 matching funds grants awarded to Connecticut organizations, municipalities and researchers to leverage external funding programs to advance resilience in the state.

Research Grants

Learn more about all of CIRCA's Research projects and products.

Dune restoration in Milford, CT sponsored by the CIRCA Municipal Resilience Grant Program. Photo: Steve Johnson