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What is Resilient Connecticut?

CIRCA, in coordination with state agencies, regional councils of governments (COGs) and municipalities, has initiated Resilient Connecticut, as part of the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition. Resilient Connecticut provides the state with a Planning Framework piloted in the Superstorm Sandy impacted regions of New Haven and Fairfield Counties. The project focuses on regional resilience and adaptation planning through engagement and risk assessments that inform municipal to regional scale initiatives and pilot projects. Resilient Connecticut’s guiding principle is to establish resilient communities through smart planning that incorporates economic development framed around transit-oriented development, conservation strategies, and critical infrastructure improvements. read more...

Planning Tools

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Innovative planning that incorporates technical knowledge & leads to policy development & project implementation.

Technical Tools

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Developing map viewers, storymaps, datasets, & guidance documents to inform planning & decision-making.

Field Research

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Deploying instruments, analyzing data, & developing models to better understand site conditions & demonstration projects.


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Working with stakeholders to build capacity & partnerships through events, outreach, & tool development.

Highlights and Features

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Resilient Connecticut Story Map

CIRCA partnered with Milone & MacBroom to create a Climate Change Vulnerability Viewer Index (CCVI) Story Map to provide instruction on how to use new flood and heat viewers and print maps for areas of interest. To understand regional vulnerability a little further, the Story Map also combines heat and flood to create several vulnerability scenarios for New Haven and Fairfield Counties.  See the CCVI site for more info...

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New Information Series

CIRCA is embarking on a new information series designed to package fact sheets, case studies, and white papers over the next year. To launch this effort, we are releasing a new fact sheet describing our Institute and Resilient Connecticut. Complementing this general fact sheet is a case study on Branford's Coastal Resiliency Reserve Fund. Check out these new "Information for a More Resilient Connecticut" products:

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Defining Zones of Shared Risk

Zones of shared risk maps are now updated for 14 coastal towns in the Resilient Connecticut region of New Haven and Fairfield Counties. This new update by UConn Professor Peter Miniutti and his research team includes zones of shared risk maps that consider infrastructure, hydrological, ecological, social, and institutional elements of a community. For more information about this project, please visit the Defining Zones of Shared Risk project page and download updated maps and datasets here.