Planning Tools

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 […]

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 Location: 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 […]

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 […]

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training

Update May 10, 2017: The training is currently full and registration is now closed.  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Check-in at 8:30 AM 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided) See agenda below Location: Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut Save the […]

Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan

Author – Rafeed Hussain, CIRCA Summer 2016 Undergraduate Student Intern. Rafeed is an environmental science major at the University of Connecticut. He will graduate in fall 2016. He is from Niantic, Connecticut. Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan The world is changing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that by the turn of the century […]

Resilience Financing Options in Connecticut – CIRCA Releases Fact Sheet

Resilience Financing Options in Connecticut – CIRCA Releases Fact Sheet By Rebecca French,1 Wayne Cobleigh,2 Jessica LeClair,1 and Yi Shi3 1 Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation 2 GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. 3 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Becoming resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Connecticut has a […]

Current Policies on Sea Level Rise in Connecticut

By Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement CIRCA and Maya Thompson CIRCA 2015-2016 Undergraduate Intern CIRCA is often asked, “What number should I be using for sea level rise for planning in my town?” There are many sea level rise planning tools available that are appropriate for education and awareness-raising and first-pass planning, but there also […]

Old Saybrook Committee Recommends Adapting, Mitigating, and Retreating When It Comes to Addressing the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

By Maya Thompson, 2015-2016 CIRCA Undergraduate Intern In May 2014, the Old Saybrook Board of Selectmen established the Town’s Sea Level Rise and Climate Adaptation Committee (SLRCAC). It was comprised of residents concerned about the growing impacts of sea level rise. The Committee, which met bi-weekly for 18 months, formally issued its Report of Findings to the […]

Municipal Resilience Grant Program Awarded Projects

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is pleased to announce the results of the past round of grants under its Municipal Resilience Grant Program. The municipalities of Milford, New Haven, and Waterford and the Northwest Hills and Western Connecticut Council of Governments have been awarded funds to pursue projects that will not only […]