Coastal

NEW Green Infrastructure and Living Shorelines CIRCA Website

  CIRCA is excited to announce a new and improved design for the Green Infrastructure and Living Shorelines section of our website.  The website was redesigned in an effort to enhance the use and accessibility of CIRCA research products to practitioners. Website visitors will see a series of new links providing direct access to: An […]

Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Salt Marsh Restoration and Creation in Connecticut: Final Report

Tidal marshes reduce erosion and flooding impacts while providing high value ecosystem services to coastal areas. A high rate of tidal wetland loss and degradation has been documented in Connecticut, due to human impacts and climate change.  To address this issue, a multidisciplinary team of scientists from UConn, including representatives from the Department of Marine […]

New Positions to Support CT Resilience Planning

The application period for the following job postings closed on September 17, 2018. CIRCA is still seeking applicants for three of four new positions to support development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan (C3RP).  The planning process will involve extensive public input and coordination with state agencies, regional Councils of Governments, and municipalities.  Along […]

CIRCA Receives Award for CT Coastal Resilience Planning

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) recently announced a contract awarding just over $8 million to UConn from the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) for administration of a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDR).  UConn submitted […]

Governor Malloy Bill Signing Ceremony For Legislation Concerning Climate Change & CT’s Energy Future

CIRCA’s Executive Director, Dr. James O’Donnell went to the Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, CT on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 to speak about CIRCA’s Sea Level Rise in Connecticut report and witness Governor Malloy sign Public Act No. 18-82, “An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency” and Public Act 18-50, “An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Energy Future.” Click […]

Products available – Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law | May 11, 2018

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), UConn School of Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law (CEEL), and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) hosted an event entitled, Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the UConn School of Law in Hartford, […]

Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut | Draft Report Released

DRAFT REPORT | SEA LEVEL RISE IN CONNECTICUT The Draft Report, Sea Level Rise in Connecticut, authored by CIRCA Executive Director and Professor of Marine Sciences, James O’Donnell was released as of March 27, 2018. This full technical report informed the Executive Summary and the science presentation contained in the Draft Report presented to the public […]

Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop

Monday, November 20, 2017 Workshop Presentations: Workshop overview and related projects and resources, Rebecca French – CIRCA, Director of Community Engagement, CIRCA overview Overview of Connecticut living shoreline permit process – Tonia Selmeski and John Gaucher, Environmental Analysts CT DEEP Land and Water Resources Division, SW District,  DEEP overview Hepburn Dune and Marsh, Fenwick, Marilyn Ozols – Land Use Administrator, Borough […]

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 […]

CIRCA Partnerships in Engagement and Education: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Fairfield Museum Rising Tides Exhibit

By Hannah Spicer, CIRCA Undergraduate Program Assistant Intern, 2016-2017 Academic Year The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk was a recent recipient of a $485,000 grant awarded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the United States Department of Commerce. They were one of five to receive this 2016 Environmental Literacy Grant out of 170 applications emphasizing […]