June 2021 Research Webinar Series

May 6, 2021

REGISTER

Throughout the month of June, hear about innovative Resilient Connecticut climate change research in this CIRCA “brown bag” webinar series. Focused on specific topics and condensed on time, enjoy one or all nine of these free webinars by clicking on the Register link above.

Each event will be held for 30 minutes during the lunch hour with ~ 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A. The final webinar on June 25 will run an extra 30 minutes and feature a panel of previous speakers who will discuss policy implications of their work in a moderated Q&A format. Each event will be moderated by CIRCA’s Assistant Director of Research, Dr. Yaprak Onat.  Learn more.

CIRCA Hiring Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering Postdoctoral Research Associate to Support CT Resilience Planning

May 5, 2021

The University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) to provide support for activities associated with the development of the Resilient Connecticut project. CIRCA is a multi‐disciplinary center that coordinates applied research and engagement programs to develop and advance practical solutions to problems caused by changing climate.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will work in a team developing science that supports the resilience framework for Connecticut.  The PDRA will gain experience working in a research team environment at CIRCA and have opportunities for professional development. With the supervision of the Assistant Director of Research, the PDRA will work on the development, testing and application of numerical models of circulation in complicated coastal areas to determine levels and patterns of flood risk. Assessment of the effectiveness of proposed risk reduction strategies will also be required.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, test and execute simulations of wave impacts and flooding in coastal areas.
  • Participate in field work/observation campaigns.
  • Critically analyze results and prepare reports and publications.
  • Prepare journal articles.
  • Participate in workshops and meetings for municipalities and regional councils of government on climate resilience and adaptation.
  • May participate in the planning, development and implementation of grant proposals.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Experience with modern, community models of coastal circulation and wave dynamics.
  • Experience with computing technology (e.g. Matlab, FORTRAN) and data management.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with a team of collaborators.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of Connecticut and New England region, conduct oceanographic field work, and participate in occasional evening and weekend meetings.
  • Available to start work at Avery Point, Groton, CT within one month of offer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A record of scientific publications and communications

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with experience.  The successful candidate’s academic appointment would start as soon as possible at the Avery Point campus in Groton, CT.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495222 to upload a cv, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on May 30, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

May 2021 Workshops: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Opportunities

April 29, 2021

 

Following up on recent winter workshops, join the Resilient Connecticut team for our spring workshop series to be held with four Councils of Governments (COGs) in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. These May events will focus on the regional vulnerability results that emerged from our outreach, research, and technical analysis. Each workshop will present highly vulnerable areas and potential resilience opportunity areas in the four COGs. The workshops will also include small group collaborative exercises to explore select resilience opportunity areas.

Your local knowledge and expertise are important as we wrap up this phase of the Resilient Connecticut project. We encourage you to learn more by reading the project Story Map and use the “Provide Input” tab to help shape resilient communities in your region. Please register for workshop(s) in advance:

South Central Regional COG (SCRCOG) | REGISTER for May 24, 1:00 – 3:00

Metropolitan COG (MetroCOG)| REGISTER for May 25, 1:00 – 3:00

Western Connecticut COG (WestCOG) | REGISTER for May 26, 1:00 – 3:00 

Naugatuck Valley COG (NVCOG) | REGISTER for May 27, 1:00 – 3:00

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email on how to join the meeting. Participants will also receive information beforehand to prepare for this collaborative workshop.

For language assistance or other accommodations, contact CIRCA at circa@uconn.edu.

March 2021 Project Update

April 7, 2021

Climate Change Vulnerability Index – March Webinar Materials Available
The Resilient Connecticut team hosted a webinar on March 23 to highlight new results for the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) mapping tool. The webinar included a brief overview of the latest flood CCVI along with a description of new heat and wind vulnerability data. Ultimately, a better understanding of how flood, heat, and wind stressors combine will inform regional resilience opportunities and pilot projects – this will be the focus of workshops to be announced in late May (be sure to read next month’s Roundup for those event updates and registration). In the meantime, check out the March 23 webinar video and a new CCVI fact sheet to learn more. 
Resilient Connecticut Collaborative Update 
The CIRCA team launched the Resilient Connecticut Collaborative (RCC) in January of this year. RCC members represent conservation, utility, real estate, historic resources, planning, agriculture, food, and environmental justice organizations. The RCC met for the second time on April 1 for a workshop on “PERSISTS”, a decision-support tool identified in the Resilient Connecticut Planning FrameworkRCC members learned about PERSISTS (Permittable, Equitable, Realistic, Safe, Innovative, Scientific, Transferable, and Sustainable) and how it will be used in the Resilient Connecticut project. A workshop exercise included two breakout groups where participants created criteria for each PERSISTS category. For example, criteria identified for “Realistic”: the proposed project is identified in an existing plan, has a design proportionate to the vulnerability, or has the potential to receive state and/or federal grant funding. Criteria will be further refined with the RCC and other project partners to support the work in Phase III of Resilient Connecticut. If you have questions, please contact Joanna Wozniak-Brown, Assistant Director of Resilience Planning joanna.wozniak-brown@uconn.edu 

CIRCA Hiring Postdoctoral Research Associate to Support CT Resilience Planning

March 26, 2021

CIRCA is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the Resilient Connecticut project. CIRCA invites applications from recent graduates with a Ph.D. in Geography, or closely related field, to participate in the development of technology and quantitative techniques to identify and map critical infrastructure and community lifelines across different spatial scales in support of ongoing climate adaptation planning in Fairfield and New Haven Counties in Connecticut. Candidates with experience in the application of Big Data approaches in social science, geofencing applications, and the analysis of digital trace or social networking service data, are encouraged to apply. The position will report to the Assistant Directors of Research and Resilience Planning, and collaborate in the Institute’s resilience and adaptation planning projects.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct original research, including the preparation of reports, reviews, IRB applications, and participate in research collaborations with CIRCA staff and partners.
  • Serves as a resource for staff and others on geoinformatics.
  • Develop webinars and fact sheets in coordination with program staff designed to collect, communicate, and/or interpret information with stakeholders.
  • Assist in the planning, development, design, and implementation of geospatial analysis and modeling required to characterize human-environment interactions.
  • Responsible for the successful completion of individual projects.
  • May represent the program or Institute to external groups.
  • Related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field (computer science, statistics, mathematics, etc.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of GIS, statistics, computer programming and data management
  • Experience in use of innovative technology and analysis methods in social science
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A record of scientific publications and communications
  • Experience related to disaster or climate change resilience and adaptation or community planning

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with experience.  The successful candidate’s academic appointment would start as soon as possible at the Avery Point campus in Groton, CT.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495125 to upload a cv, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 25, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Climate Change Vulnerability Index Webinar: Progress and New Results for Heat and Wind

March 3, 2021

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Series

March 23, 2021
10 – 11:00 am

REGISTRATION

Webinar Overview

The Resilient Connecticut team will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 23 to highlight new results for the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) mapping tool. The webinar will include a brief overview of the latest flood CCVI tool, with a specific focus on revisions made in response to last month’s regional workshops (to view workshop videos and materials, click here). In addition, the team will describe new heat and wind vulnerability findings, review source datasets, and answer questions from webinar participants. This new comprehensive CCVI, with combined flood, heat, and wind stressors, will inform regional resilience opportunities and pilot projects.

Webinar Presenters

Victoria Vetre and David Murphy, Milone & MacBroom

New UConn Course – Climate Crisis: Take Action

March 2, 2021

Climate course students

A new free course on climate change, taught by faculty from across the university, is available to students for one credit and faculty and staff as non-credit. “Climate Crisis: Take Action” is a course that takes a transdisciplinary approach to the exploration of climate change and how we can collectively address this complex issue. This course begins Monday, March 1st for students and Monday, March 8th for faculty and staff and ends on Wednesday, April 28. More detailed course information is on the Provost’s site.

The course is led by many of CIRCA’s affiliated faculty including:

  • Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Director, Environmental Studies Program,  Associate Professor, Dept of Geography
  • Christine Kirchhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Carolyn A. Lin, Professor, Department of Communication
  • Joseph MacDougald, CIRCA Director of Applied Research, Professor-in-Residence, School of Law
  • Anji Seth, CIRCA Director of Applied Research, Associate Professor, Department of Geography
  • Guiling Wang, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Read UConn Today Article: Climate Crisis: Take Action’ Is Third Pop-Up Class Offering at UConn

Faculty and staff can enroll in the course on HuskyCT.

All undergraduate and graduate students should enroll at this link

For more information, contact: Provost’s Office at climateaction@uconn.edu

January 2021 Project Update

February 22, 2021

CIRCA Launches the Resilient Connecticut Collaborative
The CIRCA team is excited for the launch of the Resilient Connecticut Collaborative (RCC). There are currently 19 committed members from 16 different regional and state-wide organizations. Members represent conservation, utility, real estate, historic resources, planning, agriculture, food, and environmental justice organizations. The first meeting, held in January, focused on the Climate Change Vulnerability Index and included icebreaker activities, short Resilient Connecticut project presentations, and breakout groups on a mapping tool. We incorporated several digital tools to enhance the virtual meeting experience including Microsoft Teams, Slido, and Miro. The RCC will meet 4-6 times throughout 2021. While an advisory group, the RCC is also a facilitated community of practice where members can share their organization’s goals, network with each other, and advance their understanding of climate change. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Joanna Wozniak-Brown, Assistant Director of Resilience Planning, joanna.wozniak-brown@uconn.edu

Updated Zones of Shared Risk Maps for Coastal Towns
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.

Workshops Held in Four COG Regions
The Resilient Connecticut team held their first regional workshops with four Council of Governments (COGs) in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Workshops included two information sessions to learn about preliminary Change Vulnerability Index and Zones of Shared Risk findings. Each session was followed by small group exercises to discuss, refine, and to better understand these tools for future resilience planning efforts. The inclusion of regional stakeholder input is an important component of shaping these tools, and ultimately identifying resilience pilot projects throughout the regions. To watch workshop videos, view slides, download fact sheets, or explore preliminary map viewers, please see the workshop website. NOTE: due to inclement weather the final MetroCOG workshop was changed to Monday, February 8.  A second regional workshop series will be held this spring so keep an eye out for the schedule in future Roundup news!

Winter Workshops in Four COG Regions

January 7, 2021


The Resilient Connecticut team held workshops with four Council of Governments (COGs) in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. The workshops reviewed the preliminary Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and Zones of Shared Risk (ZSR) findings. Participant input is helping ensure these products reflect climate risks in their communities.

The workshop included two information sessions on the CCVI and ZSR findings. Each session was followed by small group collaboration exercises to discuss, refine, and to better understand these tools for future resilience planning efforts. The inclusion of regional stakeholder input is an important component of shaping these tools, and ultimately identifying resilience pilot projects throughout the region.

To watch workshop videos, view slides, download fact sheets, or explore preliminary map viewers, please see the workshop website for information about the following events:

Naugatuck Valley COG (NVCOG)
January 22, 9:30 – 12:00

Western Connecticut COG (WestCOG)
January 25, 9:30 – 12:00

South Central Regional COG (SCRCOG)
January 29, 9:30 – 12:00

Metropolitan COG (MetroCOG) 
February 8, 9:30 – 12:00

 

Workshop Flyer Announcement with Spanish translation and registration links

 

November 20th Resilient Connecticut Virtual Summit a Success!

December 2, 2020

Over 250 people registered for the second Resilient Connecticut Summit that drew a diverse audience from municipalities, state and federal agencies, COGs, consultants, academics and interested public. Remarks from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy highlighted the importance and urgency of enacting climate mitigation and adaptation strategies from municipal to national levels. Professor Barry Hill’s keynote presentation provided thought-provoking insights on the relationship between environmental justice and climate justice and how attorney generals in several different climate change cases are seeking to address these issues. During the Summit participants could choose between one of three breakout sessions to hear from diverse speakers and ask questions on the following topics:
  • Resilience Planning: Challenges, Opportunities and Interconnections
  • Building Technical Capacity and Tools for Municipal Resilience
  • Climate Adaptation Policy and Implementation
See the Summit website for more information, videos from the event, and links to presentations.