CIRCA Awards Four Municipal Resilience Grants

Author and contact: Katie Lund, CIRCA Project Coordinator (


CIRCA’s Municipal Resilience Grant Program (MRGP) awards municipal governments and councils of government for initiatives that advance resilience, including the creation of conceptual design, construction of structures, or the design of practices and policies that increase their resilience to climate change and severe weather.  These projects develop knowledge that is transferable to multiple locations in Connecticut.  The following four projects were awarded in the latest round of MRGP Grants and will be completed by December 2018.  To date, CIRCA has awarded 17 MRGP projects across the state of Connecticut.


The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) received an award for a “Beardsley Zoo Green Infrastructure Project”, which is a highly visible green infrastructure retrofit project at the zoo located along the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport. This collaborative project between MetroCOG, the Beardsley Zoo, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound will build on regional resilience planning efforts and the successful completion of a green infrastructure demonstration project at the Zoo in spring 2016.  Through the installation of 2,000 square feet of porous pavement and up to 2,000 square feet of bioretention gardens, over 1,000,000 gallons of stormwater runoff will be captured and filtered annually from an acre of existing parking area.  Interpretive signage, targeted outreach, volunteer engagement opportunities, and workshops will help to educate public who visit the Zoo each year about stormwater runoff and flood resiliency.


The City of New Haven was awarded for a project entitled, “Assessing Impacts of Tides and Precipitation on Downtown Storm Sewer System Through Use of Real-Time Depth and Flow Monitoring.”  The city experiences frequent flooding at several locations crucial to the functioning of the City and regional transportation systems during high intensity, short duration rainfall events, which are exacerbated during high tide events. Until now, the City’s lacked a long-term data gathering component to provide information on the performance of the City’s stormwater infrastructure in widely varying conditions. This CIRCA funded project will create a low-cost “smart city” stormwater sensor network to provide a detailed record of the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven’s urban core.


The Northwest Hills Council of Government (NHCOG) received an award for its project, “Enhancing Rural Resiliency: A Vision and Toolkit for Adaptation in the Northwest Hills.”  NHCOG and regional partners will use CIRCA’s support to craft a vision for A Resilient Northwest Hills and produce a web-hosted climate change adaptation toolkit for municipalities.  The NHCOG’s Municipal Resilience Grant project is consistent with their 2017 regional Plan of Conservation and Development, which identifies climate change-related policies and specifically lists preparing, “a climate change adaptation plan including a web-based toolkit” as a strategy to help achieve the goal.  While this project achieves several regional objectives, it will also be highly transferable to other towns in Connecticut.


The City of Stamford was awarded a CIRCA grant for its “Resilience Opportunity Assessment” for a pilot project to review the potential vulnerability to climate change hazards at the Stamford Government Center and Stamford High School.  Government Center is where the majority of City operations are housed the school is one of several locations serving as a public emergency shelter during blackouts and storms.  The City is partnering with New Ecology, Inc., a Hartford-based non-profit that has developed a resilience assessment process for identifying hazards (including flooding, erosion, drought, extreme heat and cold, storms, fires, etc.) and implementation priorities (including but not limited to: elevating mechanical and electrical equipment, flood proofing buildings, flood barriers, perimeter drains, backflow preventers, portable water storage, etc.).  This pilot assessment will not only provide an opportunity to advance resiliency in specific municipal buildings, but is also an opportunity to improve how the entire City functions and recovers from possible disaster.


To learn more about all of the 17 MRGP projects visit our webpage.

Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut

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.

View October 19, 2017 Public Meeting webinar recording (audio and slides) (use ‘playback’ button for quicker access)

(Note that the webinar recording starts just after the title slide of O’Donnell’s presentation, but no information was lost other than a general welcome to the meeting.)

Media Contact: Rebecca French at or 860-405-9228

News Coverage:

“Long Island Sound Flood Risks Rising With Higher Sea Levels,” Hartford Courant, October 19, 2017


Download Presentation Slides (no audio):

Coastal Flood Risk in CT: O’Donnell

Sea Level Rise Policy & Planning Recommendations: Rath



Executive Summary of ODonnell Report on Sea Level Rise. The full technical report is undergoing final edits and will be available soon.

White papers from the policy and planning study presented by Bill Rath will be released this winter.

If you have questions about these reports or presentations, please contact Dr. Rebecca French, CIRCA Director of Community Engagement at or 860-405-9228.


Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop

Registration is now closed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Registration begins at 9:00 AM

Program runs 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM


UConn, Avery Point Campus, Marine Sciences Building, Room 103
1080 Shennecossett Rd. Groton, CT 06340

Living shoreline_Nov 20 final agenda

Please register for this free workshop by November 10, 2017 since space is limited to 60 participants.


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 the workshop topics.

Avery Point Campus Map: UConn Parking Pass Directions


Complimentary parking is provided, to reserve parking, please click here and enter your vehicle license plate.

Parking for this event is valid from 11/20/2017 07:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Please note: Parking is in Area D or A


Food: Lunch will be provided to participants free of charge.


Questions: Please contact Kim Bradley at with any questions.

Funding for this workshop is provided by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management 2015-2016 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program to the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and state coastal program members and partner organizations and research institutions of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council. This grant program is designed to help coastal communities improve their resilience to adverse events by improving their ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.  The focus is on comprehensive regional approaches that use science-based solutions and rely on collaborative partnerships to ensure success.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Lauren Yaworsky at or 860-405-9124.

9:30-11am on October 19 Public Meeting on CIRCA Updated Projections of Sea Level Rise for the State of Connecticut


sea level rise illustration
The factors that contribute to sea level change, both on land and in the sea. Source: IPCC (2001)
Please note that the time changed for this event from an earlier post due to the rescheduled meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. 9:30-11am is the new time. Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause. 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:30-11 am
Remote Attendance:
In Person Attendance:
Marine Sciences Building Room 103
University of Connecticut
Avery Point Campus
1080 Shennecossett Rd
Groton, CT 06340
Marine Sciences Professor and CIRCA Executive Director, James O’Donnell will present sea level rise projections for the state of Connecticut. These projections update the global sea level rise projections produced by NOAA (2012 CPO-1 report) using Connecticut’s local tide gauge information and the current best available science. Based on the updated projections, CIRCA recommends that planning anticipates that sea level will be 0.5 m (1ft 8 inches) higher than the national tidal datum in Long Island Sound by 2050 and that it is likely that sea level will continue to increase after 2050. (More details are available in the Executive Summary below).
UConn Law School CEEL Professor-in-Residence, Joe MacDougald and CEEL legal fellow, Bill Rath will also present their CIRCA study on the legal and policy implications of sea level rise for Connecticut and their survey of state sea level rise policies.
Who Should Attend:
This meeting is free and open to the public. Municipal staff and elected leaders concerned about or in the process of planning for sea level rise and coastal resilience are encouraged to attend. Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Registration for In Person Attendance and Parking on Campus:
Registration is not required to attend the meeting in person. However, CIRCA can cover your parking fees, if you email Lauren Yaworsky at by noon on October 18 with your license plate number. If you have not preregistered for parking, visitor parking on campus is available in pay by phone (PBP) or in metered spots in the areas marked on this map.
Sea Level Rise Projections Executive Summary

Join CIRCA for Expert Panel on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Climate Science on September 21


Climate Science, Recovery & Resilience

Waves crash against the seawall as Hurricane Irma slammed Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Photo credit: Alvin Baez/Reuters on

Expert panel and discussion sponsored by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Thursday, September 21

12-1 PM


UConn Avery Point Campus

Marine Sciences Building

Room 103


Remote attendance:

Dial 415-655-0002

Access Code: 649 191 751

Listen toll free via computer here

Tweet us questions @UConnCIRCA


FREE and Open to the Public

Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend

The news has been full of the devastating impacts that Harvey and Irma have had on the states of Texas and Florida and neighboring islands and questions are being raised about the role of climate change in hurricanes and what we should do when hurricanes hit. In this panel and discussion faculty from Marine Sciences and Environmental Engineering will explain the basics of hurricane science and what we do and do not know about the relationship between these events and climate change. The Connecticut Insurance Department joins the panel to discuss Connecticut’s recovery after Irene and Sandy and the latest approaches in our state and across the nation to be better prepared and resilient to the impacts of hurricanes.


Frank Bohlen, Professor of Marine Science, emeritus and CIRCA Affiliated Faculty Member

Jim O’Donnell, Professor of Marine Sciences and CIRCA Executive Director

Manos Anagnostou, Professor of Environmental Engineering and CIRCA Applied Research Director

George Bradner, Director, Property & Casualty Division, Connecticut Insurance Department

Moderated by Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement, CIRCA

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rebecca French at

PARKING: Public parking is available in the metered spots in Lot D or in pay by phone (pbp) areas on this map.

If you need accommodations for this event, please contact Lauren Yaworsky at

Hurricane Harvey flooding
Residential neighborhoods near the Interstate 10 sit in floodwater in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Aug. 29, 2017. Photo credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Polaris

A Workshop on Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation

Event Timing:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Registration at 10:30 AM

Program runs 11:00 AM to 3:50 PM


Maritime Aquarium

10 North Water Street

Norwalk, CT 06854

Workshop Registration is Closed

9/26/17 Workshop Agenda

Full Workshop Program

Workshop Presentations:

Presentations are provided below where speakers used a PowerPoint presentation. Click on the link to download the presentation. A workshop proceedings document is in preparation.

Workshop Description:

Creating and restoring marshes along shorelines has the potential to enhance both ecosystem resilience and provide green infrastructure to better protect communities from the impacts of flooding and sea level rise. Recently the use of dredged sediments for the creation and restoration of marshes was piloted in the northeast and mid-Atlantic coastal states as a resilience strategy, particularly after Superstorm Sandy impacted the region. While information on these projects is being shared locally, there remains a need to increase collaboration and share resources and project experiences across state and regional boundaries.

The UCONN Department of Marine Sciences and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) invite you to attend a free workshop on the Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials for Resilient Tidal Marsh Restoration and Creation. The workshop will bring together case study presentations of projects from Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey, and a feasibility study for the state of Connecticut. Project planning, design, permitting, implementation and monitoring will be discussed by representatives from fellow state and federal regulatory agencies, funding organizations, and researchers. The workshop is designed to provide opportunities to network with fellow managers while sharing lessons learned, and to build future collaborations.

Who Should Attend: This workshop targets researchers, practitioners, resource managers, regulators and planners with direct experience on marsh restoration or creation projects using dredged sediments in the region of coastal Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Space at the workshop is limited to facilitate a robust conversation around the workshop topics. We will be capturing the outcomes of the workshop in a summary report.

Registration: Registration is Closed.

Directions: We highly recommend using the Metro-North rail line to attend the workshop. The Aquarium is within walking distance of the South Norwalk Station.

From Metro-North Railroad South Norwalk Station
The Maritime Aquarium is a one-hour train ride from Grand Central Station. Get off at South Norwalk. Exit and walk down the driveway, turning right onto Monroe Street. Walk to the light and turn left onto South Main Street. At the next light, make a right onto Washington Street and proceed to the first light, where you will turn left onto North Water Street. The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater entrance will be in front of you. (You can enter the Aquarium here; IMAX purchase not required.)

Driving Directions and Parking:

Food: Lunch will be served.

Housing: There is no hotel room block for this workshop. If you need a hotel recommendation, please contact

Questions: Please contact Kim Bradley at with any questions.

Acknowledgments: We would like to thank the planning committee for their time and effort to make this workshop a success. The planning committee members are:

  • Peter Francis – CTDEEP Coastal Resources Section of Land & Water Resource Division
  • Robin Murray –NJDEP Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Steve Jacobus – NJDEP Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Elizabeth Semple – NJDEP Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning Coastal Zone Management
  • Lesley Patrick – Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
  • Jessica Fain – Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
  • Dave Hudson – The Maritime Aquarium
  • Thomas Naiman – The Maritime Aquarium
  • Jennifer O’Donnell – UConn Department of Marine Sciences
  • Rebecca French – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Kimberly Bradley – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Colleen Dollard – UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Housing Sandy Recovery Program to the University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) for a feasibility study for Connecticut. We would also like to thank the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for the generous donated use of their facilities for this event.


CIRCA Grant to City of Hartford Launches Sustainability Office and City’s First Climate Action Plan

By Taylor Mayes, UConn ’18, CIRCA Summer 2017 Undergraduate Intern

“The hundreds of people who have provided input into this Plan should have our sincere thanks. In particular, I wanted to recognize and thank the volunteer members of the Climate Stewardship Council and the staff of Hartford’s Office of Sustainability, created in my office in 2017 thanks to generous funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Partners for Places and UConn’s Connecticut Institute for Climate Resilience and Adaptation.” – Mayor Bronin (Hartford’s Climate Action Plan)

Mayor Bronin made that statement when the City of Hartford released their very first Climate Action Plan on July 25, 2017. This is a big achievement for the City as the plan highlights six action areas essential to its sustainable growth: energy, food, landscape, transportation, waste and water. The goal of the plan is to make “incremental but consistent progress in each of the areas” utilizing the resources that they have, and making decisions that are consistent with their three shared values: public health, economic development, and social equity.

CIRCA’s grant made it possible for the City of Hartford to create the Office of Sustainability, which released the Plan. CIRCA awarded the City of Hartford funds through our Municipal Resilience Grant Program to create a one-year Green Infrastructure Specialist position with the City. The Green Infrastructure Specialist will help Hartford not only respond to threats of flooding, but also strategize proactively for the future by evaluating and advancing green infrastructure projects. The Green Infrastructure Specialist position together with a Sustainability Coordinator makes up the Office of Sustainability, which is entirely funded by external grants.

Upon awarding the CIRCA Municipal Resilience Grant to Hartford, CIRCA Executive Director, Jim O’Donnell said, “There really is no better way to enhance the resilience of a city’s stormwater management system to the effects of climate change than to invest in green infrastructure and reduce the amount of water going into the system in the first place. This approach also improves the environment in the City for its citizens and visitors. I look forward to seeing the results of the Mayor’s initiative replicated in other parts of the state.”

The Climate Stewardship Initiative was already making great success through the Climate Stewardship Council, however, the City realized that what they needed to improve the execution of some of their goals was more specific expertise. The City identified the creation of the Green Infrastructure Specialist and Sustainability Coordinator positions to fulfill this need. These positions would strategize ways to deal with infrastructure risks such as flooding and wastewater management, as well as building on existing grants and partnerships – all the while taking full advantage of the political and institutional interest in sustainable cities. The positions could not be filled within the existing City budget, therefore CIRCA’s funding made it possible for them to move from initiative to implementation. The Climate Action Plan is one of the first steps in that process. The Plan demonstrates how investing in municipal projects and policies can generate even more co-benefits and benchmarking moments for a municipality in the long-term.

The Climate Stewardship Initiative exemplifies the importance of supporting the state’s urban communities as they adapt to climate change and lower their environmental footprint, while also helping make them better places to live. CIRCA agrees with UConn Law Professor and Chair of the Hartford Climate Stewardship Council Sara Bronin that, “Having a clean environment isn’t just for the New York Cities and San Franciscos of the world. Citizens in smaller, more challenged cities like Hartford also deserve a healthy, clean environment — and the improved quality of life that goes with it.” (Hartford Courant, 2017)

Congratulations to Hartford on their new Climate Action Plan!


Municipal Resilience Grant Program Accepting Applications

Do you want to help your community become more resilient to the impacts of climate change? CIRCA is currently accepting applications for the next round of funding through the Municipal Resilience Grant Program. Applications are due by September 1, 2017.

CIRCA runs several research projects that provide actionable science and engineering for decision-making and solutions in Connecticut. You can find all of our projects here:

CIRCA Receives 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to Evaluate Living Shorelines to Reduce Flood Risk

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut will be awarded funds to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines (a.k.a. nature-based infrastructure). The funds for CIRCA are part of a $1 million 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and New England Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Agencies (ME, NH, MA, RI, and CT) with partners from the Nature Conservancy. An additional $500,000 in matching funds was provided by the partners to undertake the work.

NOAA announced that this grant and 18 others from across the country were recommended for funding out of a total of 167 proposals received. Projects are expected to begin by October 1, 2017.

James O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation and Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut will lead a team of researchers at UConn, in partnership with Dr. Jennifer Mattei, lead restoration ecologist at Sacred Heart University, to monitor the Stratford Point living shorelines site with sensors and a modeling effort. The monitoring data will inform how well this living shoreline performs to reduce coastal erosion under real-world conditions, including the storms and ice that we experience in Connecticut. Representatives from CIRCA and the Connecticut Coastal Zone Management program at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will also participate in the development of regional policy and practice guidance as well as engagement with regulators, natural resource management, practitioners and the general public on nature-based infrastructure. The grant and matching funds awarded to support this work in Connecticut total more than $180,000.

Stratford Point, CT Living Shoreline. Photo Credit: Jennifer Mattei, Sacred Heart University

The living shoreline at Stratford Point utilizes ‘reef balls’ to dissipate waves at the shoreline thereby protecting the restored dune and restored wetland habitats located there. The ‘reef balls’ are concrete structures designed to reduce waves, but also to allow for a continuous connection between the water and the upland shore, while also providing habitat for marine life. Data collected from this project will measure how much sediment accumulates around the reef balls and the extent to which the reef ball design and placement reduce wave height. This information will inform the design and construction of living shorelines throughout Connecticut and New England.

This project builds on extensive previous work at CIRCA to evaluate the effectiveness of living shorelines in Connecticut, including an award from the 2016 NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants on Advancing High Resolution Coastal Forecasting and Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches awarded to CIRCA as part of a grant to NROC and the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). CIRCA also previously awarded a $91,000 CIRCA Matching Funds Program grant to Professor Jennifer Mattei at Sacred Heart University to purchase an additional 273 reef balls at the Stratford Point living shoreline site, providing an ideal pilot site for this extensive new study. CIRCA was also launched in part through a grant from NOAA on Enhancing Coastal Resilience in Connecticut with Sandy recovery funds. That project yielded near-shore wave height statistics for use in the design of living shorelines.

“The coastal management community in the Northeast clearly recognizes the potential of developing an approach using natural systems, including living shorelines, to enhance the resilience of coastlines in our region, yet we have little practical experience with these methods,” said Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee. “With this grant, we are able to leverage the power of region-wide partnerships to improve our understanding of how to appropriately design, implement and measure the success of natural systems of varying types and scales.”

James O’Donnell, the lead Project Investigator on the grant and Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation and Professor of Marine Sciences said, “this project will help us take lessons learned from the living shoreline site at Stratford Point to develop improved guidance for municipalities and the state for the appropriate design and construction of other potential living shorelines sites in Connecticut based on sound science.”

Jennifer Mattei, the lead restoration ecologist on this project and Professor at Sacred Heart University said, “the Stratford Point living shoreline will be a model for the use of nature-based solutions to abate wave energy and prevent shoreline erosion in New England.”

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation at the University of Connecticut is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to problems arising as a result of a changing climate. The Institute combines the world‐class research capabilities of UConn and the progressive policies and practical regulatory experience of the CT DEEP to translate sound scientific research to actions that can ensure the resilience and sustainability of both the built and natural environments of the coast and watersheds of Connecticut.

For press inquiries please contact Dr. Rebecca A. French, Director of Community Engagement for CIRCA (; Ph: 860-404-9228).


All NOAA 2017 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Awardees

More about the Coastal Resilience Grant awarded to UConn as partner with the NROC and the Nature Conservancy:

Grant Title: Reducing Flood Risk in New England with Nature-Based Infrastructure

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Recommended Federal Funding: $999,999

Match: $500,000

This regional effort to reduce flood risk in New England is focused on increasing the effective use of nature-based infrastructure for flood protection. The project team will develop region-specific information on suitable natural infrastructure types and benefits and will work with several communities to implement and monitor a range of nature-based coastal infrastructure projects. The experience gained here will benefit communities across the region and help to advance local, state, and national policies to promote effective use of the approach to reducing flood risk. The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with a consortium of state coastal zone management programs, is leading the project.

Project Partners: Maine Coastal Management Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council, University of Connecticut, Northeast Regional Ocean Council

NEW Call for Research Proposals

Up to $200,000 is available!

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is pleased to announce a new call for Research Proposals. Up to $200,000 is available for research proposals that address resilience of Connecticut’s communities through a two-phase proposal process. While projects involving multiple investigators are encouraged, the principal investigator must be a member of the University of Connecticut faculty.


Proposals should address research on at least one of the following CIRCA priority topics:

  1. Socioeconomic impacts of climate change on Connecticut coastal municipalities;
  2. Innovative approaches to resilient engineering and adaptation in Connecticut (e.g. green infrastructure for stormwater management);
  3. Innovative financing approaches for adaptation in Connecticut; and
  4. Effectiveness of “living shoreline” approaches to coastal erosion control in Connecticut.

Short pre-proposals will be solicited and reviewed by the CIRCA Executive Steering Committee and those that are most consistent with the CIRCA mission and these four research priorities will be encouraged to submit a full proposal.  The CIRCA share of project costs should not be less than $40,000 or exceed $80,000. All proposals should include a plan to disseminate the results through community engagement.


June 6 – grant announcement

June 26 – informational webinar

July 26 – preliminary proposals due

August 16 – response to preliminary proposals

October 1 – full proposals due

November 1 – award announcement

We encourage potential applicants to fully review the Research RFP final and other supporting materials found on CIRCA’s projects page.

Click here to register and join the informational webinar on June 26 from 11:00am to 12:00pm ET.

Click here for slides from the June 26th Webinar: Research Grant Overview


CIRCA Municipal and Research Project Forum NEW DATE

CIRCA and CT DEEP logos

Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Municipal and Research Project Forum

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:30-2:30 pm

Rome Commons Ballroom

University of Connecticut, Storrs

You are invited to this event that will bring together municipal and state agency staff, UConn faculty, and CIRCA Advisory Committee members.  The following agenda has current poster topics that highlight the important research, products, and partnerships currently addressing resilience of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change.  Rob Klee, Commissioner of CT DEEP and Jeff Seemann, UConn’s Vice President for Research, will also be attending.


Contact for any questions.


Driving Directions

Directions from Hartford:

  • I-84 East to Exit 68 (Rt.195)
  • Head south on Rt. 195
  • Go through campus
  • Take right on Mansfield Rd
  • Left on Gilbert Rd
  • Right on Hillside
  • Park in South Parking Garage
  • Walk to Rome Ballroom

Directions from Points South and Windham:

  • Rt. 195 North to Mansfield
  • As you enter the campus take a
  • Left on Mansfield Rd
  • Follow remaining directions from Hartford

For attendees with a UConn parking sticker or hang tag you will park in any Area 2 lot.  The closest are just behind the Rome Commons, S Lot or Lot 1. Other close options are Lot 8 and Y Lot, see link to map below.

Any other visitor can park in the South Garage just behind Gampel Pavilion on Jim Calhoun Way, see link to map below.


It is approximately an 8 minute walk.

Take a right out of the Parking Garage. Take a right onto Hillside and walk past the UConn Co-Op. Take a left onto Gilbert Road. Take a right on Gilbert Road Ext (Follow signs towards Nathan Hale Inn). The Rome Ballroom is in the Lewis B. Rome Commons Building across the driveway circle from Nathan Hale Inn (If you are facing the Nathan Hale Inn Entrance, the Lewis B. Rome Commons is directly behind you across the circle.)  The ballroom is on the second floor.

Link to google map

Any questions please contact: