Featured Projects & Products
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.
Defining Zones of Shared Risk
Zones of shared risk maps are now updated for 14 coastal towns in the Resilient Connecticut region of New Haven and Fairfield Counties. This new update by UConn Professor Peter Miniutti and his research team includes zones of shared risk maps that consider infrastructure, hydrological, ecological, social, and institutional elements of a community. Download updated maps and datasets here.
Connecticut Climate Fact Sheets Now Available
Planning for adaptation requires local information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. With support from CT DEEP, CIRCA sponsored two recent state-level climate assessments to better inform local decision-making. If you don't have time to read the full Sea Level Rise Final Report or the Physical Climate Science Assessment Report then these two fact sheets can help you find results quickly.
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.
News & Announcements
From Our Blog
- CIRCA Interview on NPR: How The Climate Crisis is Affecting Connecticut’s FuturePosted on June 17, 2021
- NBC CT feature on Sea level RisePosted on May 18, 2021
- June 2021 Research Webinar SeriesPosted on May 6, 2021
- May 2021 Workshops: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience OpportunitiesPosted on April 29, 2021
- CIRCA Hiring Postdoctoral Research Associate to Support CT Resilience PlanningPosted on March 26, 2021
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.
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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
CIRCA Grant Products
Learn about the 18 projects designed 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.