The CREST Project, “Enhancing Coastal Resilience in Connecticut,” was funded by a two year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the University of Connecticut. A team of people from the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Extension and Marine Sciences, along with Connecticut Sea Grant, the Center for Land Use Education and Research and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Projection’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs worked on the following objectives:
- An assessment of existing patterns of coastal erosion;
- Identification of shoreline character and coastal protection approaches in-place;
- Determination of storm wave characteristics at the shoreline to provide design guidelines for assessment of protection alternatives under current and likely future climate states;
- Review of available design guidelines for the deployment of “living shoreline” shore protection strategies and the development of a research agenda to enhance understanding of the effectiveness of the approach in Connecticut;
- Development of an online Map Viewer;
- Incorporation of the knowledge developed in the project in both coast-wide and in-depth community-level educational programs, targeted at local land use officials.