Climate Change Adaptation Webinar
Hurricane Irene showed just how vulnerable we are to damage from storms and tidal inundation. The impact of climate change on coastal municipalities is likely to result in heavier downpours, more vulnerable coastlines, and increases to the amount of land that could be inundated by rising sea levels. These events will challenge communities to come up with adaptation strategies to address impacts that range from a loss of coastal wetlands to a loss of tax base.
This webinar identifies municipal issues related to climate change such as eroding coastlines, overburdened stormwater systems, failing septic systems, and street flooding, and provides examples of how some communities are addressing the challenge.
Running Time: 00:56:42
Bruce Hyde, Land Use Academy Director
Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut's Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.
Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.
Juliana Barrett, Assistant Educator
Juliana Barrett became a member of the NEMO team in 2006. She is an Assistant Educator in Residence with Connecticut Sea Grant and the NEMO program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut. She works with the towns and groups working on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal areas. Juliana is developing programs to assist coastal community leaders with technical matters related to the impact of land use on coastal habitats, riparian buffers, habitat management and restoration of coastal habitats.
Juliana is the co-author of The Vegetation of Connecticut, a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection publication. Previously, Juliana was the Geoffrey C. Hughes Tidelands Program Director with the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, and also did private consulting. Juliana has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.A. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Biology.