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Fact Sheets

Information for a More Resilient Connecticut

CIRCA created new information series designed to package fact sheets, case studies, and white papers over the few years. To launch this effort, we are releasing a new fact sheet describing our Institute and the Resilient Connecticut project. Complementing this general fact sheet is a case study on Branford's Coastal Resiliency Reserve Fund. 

Connecticut Climate Fact Sheets

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 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: Sea Level Rise Fact Sheet and Temperature and Precipitation Fact Sheet


Sea Level Rise Policy White Papers

A research team from UConn's Center for Energy and Environmental Law generated a series of deliverables aimed at educating both policymakers and the general public on resilience best practices in law and policy. These deliverables include legal research white papers and drafts of model rules for adoption, with the overall goal of removing barriers to climate resilience efforts at the state and municipal levels. Topics include zoning regulations, building codes, coastal protection and armoring, takings jurisprudence, and the public trust doctrine.

Planning and Visualization Tools for Sea Level Rise

Three “resilience scenarios” are drawings that depict sea level rise and flooding problems common in many Connecticut towns. These diagrams can be used by municipal and state agency staff as communication and planning tools.  The products are particularly useful to town planners or engineers as they have controllable “layers” that can be manipulated to highlight various resilience problems. CIRCA and UConn's Center for Energy and Environmental Law (CEEL) created these products in partnership in 2019.

Resilience Corridor Diagram                            Barrier Beach Resilience Diagram                  Marsh Resilience Diagram