The mission of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment. Read More...
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CIRCA Grant Programs
Learn more about the 17 projects awarded to Connecticut's municipalities and regional council of governments to move our state from planning to implementation of climate adaptation strategies.
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.
Learn more about all of CIRCA's Research projects and products.
CIRCA Local Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Connecticut and Policy and Planning Recommendations
Sea level rise is a well-established impact of a warming planet due to expanding warming oceans and melting ice currently trapped on land. In 2012 NOAA released global sea level rise scenarios that were referenced in Connecticut state statute requiring that sea level rise be considered in state and local plans of conservation and development and natural hazard mitigation plans. That same statute charged UConn CIRCA with updating the scenarios to be local for the state of Connecticut. On October 19, 2017 CIRCA released the local sea level rise scenarios in a public meeting. Based on the scenarios CIRCA recommends that Connecticut plan for 50cm (20 inches) of sea level rise 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 to incorporate the best available science and new observations. The public meeting also included a presentation on policy and planning recommendations on how to incorporate sea level rise into state and municipal planning ordinances and floodplain management.
News & Announcements
From Our Blog
- CIRCA Awards Four Municipal Resilience GrantsPosted on October 24, 2017
- Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of ConnecticutPosted on October 19, 2017
- Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice WorkshopPosted on October 18, 2017
- Join CIRCA for Expert Panel on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Climate Science on September 21Posted on September 12, 2017
- A Workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and CreationPosted on August 10, 2017
Monday, November 20th, 2017
09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Avery Point CampusMSB 103
Monday, November 20, 2017
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
Program runs 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Register Here: http://goo.gl/DxZQD4
Please register for this free workshop by November 10, 2017 since space is limited to 60 participants. Lunch will be provided.
UConn, Avery Point Campus, Marine Sciences Building, Room 103
1080 Shennecossett Rd. Groton, CT 06340
Sea-level rise and storms are increasing erosion and inundation of coastal wetlands across New England and threaten property and valuable natural resources. The term "living shoreline" refers to a shoreline management practice which restores, enhances, maintains or creates natural coastal or riparian habitat, functions and processes and also functions to mitigate flooding or shoreline erosion through a continuous land-water interface. Coastal and riparian habitats include but are not limited to intertidal flats, tidal marsh, beach/dune systems, and bluffs. Living shorelines may include structural features that are combined with natural components to attenuate wave energy and currents.
UCONN's Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invite you to attend a free workshop on putting living shorelines projects into practice. This workshop will provide an update about the state of living shorelines in Connecticut, highlight existing projects and research, and overview related permitting processes. Design concepts for both a larger, municipal site and a smaller, residential/land trust site will be explained. These two sites will then be used to run through a mock permit review exercise in small breakout groups with guidance from DEEP environmental analysts. The workshop is designed to provide opportunities to network with fellow practitioners while sharing lessons learned.
Who Should Attend:
This workshop targets consultants, project designers, landscape architects, restoration ecologists and engineers in Connecticut. Space at the workshop is limited to facilitate a robust conversation around workshop topics.
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