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Sea Level Rise Projections for Connecticut
As of October 2018, CIRCA released the full Final Report, Sea Level Rise in Connecticut, that informed the local sea level rise projections and planning recommendations released as a draft on October 19, 2017.
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 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 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.
Sea level rise projections for Connecticut based on local tide gage observations (blue), the IPCC (2013) RPC 4.5 model simulations near Long Island Sound (yellow line), the semi-empirical models (orange line) and ice budgets (magenta line) as in CPO-1.
CIRCA Grant Programs
Learn more about the 18 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.
News & Announcements
From Our Blog
- Resilient Communities 2019 GrantPosted on January 31, 2019
- NEW Green Infrastructure and Living Shorelines CIRCA WebsitePosted on November 14, 2018
- CIRCA Hiring Postdoctoral Research Associate to Support CT Resilience PlanningPosted on November 1, 2018
- Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Salt Marsh Restoration and Creation in Connecticut: Final ReportPosted on October 31, 2018
- Hartford’s Green Infrastructure ProjectPosted on September 26, 2018
- UConn Joins Coalition of Universities Working Against Climate ChangePosted on September 19, 2018
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