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Municipalities need information and tools to develop climate action and resiliency plans and to act on those plans.

Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) are partnering with researchers, consultants and other professionals to work with municipalities and relevant professionals on climate resiliency through the Climate Adaptation Academy (CAA). There are many complex and equally important climate related issues that will challenge both coastal and inland communities in the next several decades. Identifying these issues in the near term will help advance the effort to fully determine the magnitude of each and begin to develop an adaptive response. This will be a long-term process and, to be effective, will require participation of a wide range of individuals, institutions and governmental agencies.


An important component of all CAA presentations is an opportunity for participants to share the challenges they face and ways they have developed to adapt to the impacts of climate change. We don’t know all the answers. In some cases we don’t even know the questions. The CAA is designed to be a continuous process by which the complex and emerging climate adaptation issues facing municipalities are identified and innovative solutions are shared.


Living Shoreline Workshop III - A Design Charrette

September 15, 2016

8am - 4pm
Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Rd.
Waterford, CT


You are invited to participate in a Living Shoreline Design Charrette at Harkness Memorial State Park. Teams made up of workshop participants will design a living shoreline for the on-site beach/dune, bluff or tidal wetland system. The designs will be presented and critiqued from a regulatory perspective by a panel of municipal, state and federal officials. The goal of this charrette is for participants to gain a better understanding of living shoreline designs and what will and will not be permitted in Connecticut.




Charrette will take place rain or shine. Please bring umbrellas/rain gear depending on the weather forecast.


Registration is limited. Please register early!




Details from Previous Workshops

Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation

Flooded Shoreline Image

The first in what is expected to be a series of workshops exploring how sea level rise and climate adaptation efforts may be addressed through legal concepts like the Public Trust Doctrine and regulatory processes like permitting and how climate adaptation may change how we look at those concepts and processes.

Environment Chairman Rep. James Albis will provide opening remarks.


View Workshop Agenda & Presentations


Living Shoreline Workshop II

The second workshop of a three part series was held on June 24th at Avery Point campus in Groton, CT.

The 2nd in a series of workshops, Living Shorelines II focused on an integrated approach to living shorelines and review examples of living shorelines installations in CT and other states.


View Workshop Agenda


For more information contact:
Juliana Barrett:


Living Shoreline Workshop I

Living Shorelines Photo

The First workshop of a three part series was held on January 9th at Avery Point campus in Groton, CT.

  • What are living shorelines?
  • How are they important to Connecticut?
  • What is the process for permitting living shorelines?

View Workshop Agenda

For more information contact:
Juliana Barrett:
Michael Mahoney:


Living Shoreline Workshop Videos

Greenland's ice mass loss and sea level rise

Check out the article and this incredible animation.


NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2

Published on Nov 17, 2014
An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.


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News & Updates

New Website Launched to Help Coastal Property Owners and Beach Associations

GROTON, CT - Connecticut Sea Grant announces a new website intended to assist coastal Connecticut beach property owners and beach associations with hazards such as impacts from storms and associated erosion and flooding. The new site helps users evaluate threats and prepare to protect property from further damage. A variety of actions, depending on the scale of damage and cost, are provided, including options such as dune restoration, repairing seawalls, moving landward or elevating structures. The new site is accessible at


“We hope this website will be a valuable resource for both coastal property owners and managers in helping to protect infrastructure as well as the natural environment” said Dr. Juliana Barrett, one of the site’s creators. Barrett is an associate coastal habitat educator with Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension. The site was based on Maine Sea Grant’s Coastal Hazards site; we have added our own special touches in adapting to Connecticut.

New Guide for Coastal Conservation and Climate Change

Climate change is altering coastal environments and how conservation is approached. To address this challenge, NOAA's Office for Coastal Management has produced a new Guide for Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation, along with a companion How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation self-guided online resource.

These products are now live on NOAA’s Digital Coast under “Training” and will soon be found on the Green Infrastructure topics page. Together, these products help practitioners evaluate how their conservation efforts can endure amid changing conditions, placing communities and natural environments in the best position to adapt.

The Guide does this by describing a stepwise approach to considering climate change in coastal conservation planning, with links to relevant tools, information and other resources. The steps should be familiar to those already practicing strategic conservation planning, but unlike other guides, these new products specifically focus on climate and habitat considerations of the coastal environment.

The How-To offers brief instruction on each step from the Guide and provides quick access to the most applicable tools when working through each step. This interactive online resource allows users to dive into whichever stage of the process is most relevant to them. It will be updated periodically with new resources.

Adaptation Clearinghouse 2.0 Launches With Powerful New Tools for Adaptation Professionals

The Adaptation Clearinghouse was recently relaunched with a fresh makeover and new tools to assist state policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.


Living Shoreline Workshop III - A Design Charrette

September 15, 2016
Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Rd.
Waterford, CT



FEMA Funding Opportunity Announcement


WASHINGTON—Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate today announced the release of the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The FY 2015 EMPG Program provides over $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The FY 2015 EMPG Program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.

Under the Stafford Act, FEMA is authorized to make grants to bolster emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States. The Federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, guidance, and assistance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists for all hazards and for all levels of government.

The notice of funding opportunity can be found at EMPG applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at and

National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is up and available.

The Toolkit represents tools that have been developed over the years to help communities become more resilient. Each entry includes a description of the tools, a link for more information, and a point of contact.

To navigate the site, you can browse by topic area or tool type. If you click on the tags and categories at the bottom of each entry, it will take you to similar tools. You can also see the Toolkit highlights, which features Resilience in Action - some examples of successful demonstration projects, and Featured Tools - resilience tools that have been successfully used in many different states, regions or communities.

Federal Climate Resilience Toolkit

The Federal Climate Resilience Toolkit

This website has easy-to-use tools, including interactive maps and visualizations, that will help prepare your community for the impacts of climate change. Whether you're a small business owner, farmer, policy leader, or an interested resident, these tools can help you make sure that you have a climate-ready community or business.

Archived News Updates

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) announce a webinar on April 15 on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit.

Video on ocean acidification in the northeast

NROC (Northeast Regional Ocean Council) has a new website on marsh migration

Make Way for Marshes: Guidance on Using Models of Tidal Marsh Migration to Support Community Resilience to Sea Level Rise   |   Visit Website

Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation - Presentations now online

View Workshop Agenda & Presentations


Questions/Issues raised at the November 6, 2015 Workshop


Want to learn more about living shorelines? Watch this latest video from Restore America’s Estuaries.

It can be viewed and downloaded via RAE's living shorelines website.


10/23/2014 - EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Assistance to Build Resilience, Pursue Revitalization


9/2014 - HUD Natural Disaster Resilience Competition Now Open


5/9/2014 - Presentations from the May 3rd Academy are now online. See the Agenda for links. Results of the Clicker Survey Questions here


4/14/2014 - The Day article - UConn educator mapping shoreline change from above


4/03/2014 - The CT Mirror article - New analysis pinpoints change on Connecticut’s Long Island shoreline


2/12/2014 - CLEAR blog announcing the Institute and Academy - A New Focus on Communities & Climate Change: CIRCA 2014


2/18/2014 - CLEAR blog announcing the Climate Adaptation Academy - A Climate Adaptation Academy for Connecticut