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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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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.

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Resilient Connecticut Story Map

CIRCA partnered with Milone & MacBroom to create a Resilient Connecticut Story Map that gives an overview of the project and explains a new vulnerability mapping tool for flood, heat and wind.  Zones of shared risk and an interactive map showing previous resilience planning projects are also featured. Visit the tab to Provide Input if you’d like to take a survey, give feedback on the map tools, or identify vulnerable areas in your community.

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Connecticut Climate Fact Sheets Now Available

Planning for adaptation requires local information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. With support from CT DEEP, CIRCA sponsored two recent state-level climate assessments to better inform local decision-making. If you don't have time to read the full Sea Level Rise Final Report or the Physical Climate Science Assessment Report then these two fact sheets can help you find results quickly.