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 sea level rise of 20 inches (50cm) 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 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
- A Resilient Gingerbread HousePosted on December 6, 2017
- 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
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