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This web page serves as a repository for all CLEAR-related webinars. We will contiue to add links to webinars as they become available.

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Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Embayments - Where is it coming from?

LID Research Brief

June 14, 2017 - From the CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series
Presented By Jamie Vaudrey, UConn Marine Sciences

Run Time: 01:02:00

This webinar will highlight the folks of UConn Professor Dr. Jamie Vaudrey's research into the sources of nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound embayments. The results of her study are very useful in determining the greatest contributors of nitrogen to each of the coastal embayments along the sound. Armed with the knowledge towns and the state can make decisions about how best to focus nitrogen pollution reduction efforts.

Meet the New CTECO - Home to CT's Natural Resource Maps

lidar

June 1, 2017 - From the CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series
Presented By Emily Wilson, Geospatial Educator, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:48:00

Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online or CTECO is the state's home to natural resource based geospatial data. The website has been revamped with a new look and new viewers to make the data easier to find and use for everyone from the casual user to the geospatial wizard. It is also the home to the State's new (2016) high resolution (3 inch) imagery.

This webinar will highlight the new features of the site and how to navigate it.

Climate Adaptation Legal Questions and Answers (and More Questions)

LID Research Brief

May 2, 2017 - From the CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series
Presented By Juliana Barrett, Associate Extension Educator, UConn CLEAR & Bruce Hyde, Land Use Academy Director, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:50:57

This webinar will provide answers to a number of the questions raised at Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation, a conference held by UConn CLEAR and and Connecticut Sea Grant’s Climate Adaptation Academy in late 2015. The questions, which came from the audience members during the course of a panel discussion with prominent land use attorneys, were reviewed by the Marine Affairs Institute & RI Sea Grant Legal Program at Roger Williams University School of Law. The Legal Program then developed four fact sheets covering the following topics: Property and Permitting Boundaries at the Shoreline, Governmental Tort Liability for Disclosure of Flood Hazard Information, Takings and Coastal Management, and Flood and Erosion Control Structures. The CLEAR/Connecticut Sea Grant climate team will be joined by two attorneys to go over the answers and discuss the issues raised in these fact sheets, including a review of recent court decisions impacting these topics.

Road Salt Use in Connecticut: understanding the consequences of the quest for dry pavement

LID Research Brief

February 14, 2017 - From the CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series
Presented By Mike Dietz, UConn CLEAR & Lukas McNaboe, UConn Grad Student

Run Time: 00:50:07

Road salt use continues to increase in cold regions of North America. State Departments of Transportation and Municipal Public Works managers need to provide safe travel conditions for the public, however all of the salt applied to our roads ends up in local surface or groundwater, where it can impact aquatic organisms and contaminate drinking water supplies. This webinar will cover current trends in salt use for deicing, and salt levels in ground and surface waters of the Northeast. Impacts to aquatic life will be discussed. Research at the University of Connecticut on deicing impacts to groundwater and surface water will also be highlighted.

Getting Started on Your New MS4 Permit

LID Research Brief

February 7, 2017 - From the CLEAR 2017 Webinar Series
Presented By David Dickson & Amanda Ryan, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:15:22

For the 121 communities (plus institutions) covered under CT DEEP's newly revised "MS4" stormwater regulations, the first requirements are to develop (or revise) a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) for your town and register as an MS4. Draft SWMPs are to be posted for public comment and submitted to CT DEEP by April 1, 2017. Yikes! This presentation will cover what's required to be in the plan, share a template for a SWM Plan that you can adapt and use, and introduce you to NEMO's new MS4 Online Guide which be a repository for tools, maps and information related to the permit.

Groundwater 101

LID Research Brief

November 9, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented By Dr. Gary Robbins, Dept of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of Connecticut

Run Time: 00:57:27

Connecticut has an abundance of good quality groundwater owing to its geologic past. In this webinar, Dr. Gary Robbins, Hydrogeologist at UCONN, will discuss our groundwater resources—where they are, how much we might have and use, their importance to the health of our environment, and what we need to do to sustain and protect them. He will also discuss issues concerning the use of our groundwater resources to help our faulting economy.

Have questions regarding your own well?—The doctor will be in.

Connecticut's MS4 Permit: What's New?

LID Research Brief

October 11, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented By David Dickson & Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:23:43

The State of Connecticut has committed to an expanded stormwater regulatory program for municipalities, and CLEAR's NEMO Program will be providing outreach and assistance to towns and institutions to support them in complying with this program.

This introductory webinar will provide an overview of the new requirements in this permit and how the NEMO program is planning to support communities in meeting those requirements.

Connecticut's Forest History

LID Research Brief

May 31, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented By Tom Worthley, Project Manager UConn CLEAR, UConn and Jeff Ward, Department of Forestry and Horticulture, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Abstract

Aligned with the theme of Connecticut's Changing Landscape, but looking much farther back in time, we will discuss the natural forces and human land-use activities that have shaped the composition and structure of the forest resource in CT as we see it today. Historical narratives and images, along with some data and discussion of current trends can be anticipated.

The Bears Are Back: Research, Results and Ruminations About Connecticut's Bears

LID Research Brief

May 5, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented By Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR & Michael Evans, Graduate Student, Departement of Natural Resources and the Environment

Run Time: 01:03:56

If you've been following the news for the past few years, you know that black bears have returned to Connecticut. Given this fact, it is important to understand how these animals respond to different levels of developed landscapes. In order to evaluate the factors that govern bear activity, resource use, and movement across the landscape, UConn grad student Mike Evans has conducted research on three facets of bear ecology - population density, dispersal patterns, and resource selection. Mike and his colleagues at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division have produced the first robust estimate of the size and distribution of Connecticut’s black bear population. This webinar will present these findings and provide perspective on how such information can be used to inform proactive bear management and predict future interaction between bear and human populations. It will conclude with a tour of the new interactive online Story Map that enables the user to explore some of the bear data on their own.

The State of Low Impact Development in Connecticut: Policies, Drivers, and Barriers

LID Research Brief

April 5, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented By David Dickson & Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:53:39

The concept of low impact development (LID) has been around for quite some time now. So....is Connecticut buying it? If so, how much? If not, why not? New research by CLEAR's NEMO Program provides some answers to these questions. This webinar will review the results of our extensive internet research covering 85 towns, and accompanying phone interviews with 78 people in those towns involved in the land use process. What are the top 5 drivers that help bring LID to a community? The top 5 barriers that keep it out? What do town planners think needs to be done? You can get the report or visit the Story Map, but why not drop by the webinar too?

Living Shorelines in Connecticut: Design Considerations and Site Suitability

Living Shorelines image

March 10, 2016 - From the CLEAR 2016 Webinar Series
Presented in partnership with CIRCA, the CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Run Time: 00:57:33

An increasing awareness of the need to reduce the potential adverse impacts of hardened coastal structures has prompted interest in the development of living shorelines as an alternative. This webinar will review of the benefits of living shorelines in comparison with traditional hardened shoreline protection structures, including non-structural and hybrid approaches, and describe the effectiveness of these approaches in response to waves, storms and sea-level rise. The webinar will also explore where living shorelines may be suitable on the Connecticut Coast based on an automated geospatial model which determines the suitability of living shoreline treatment options for the Long Island Sound shoreline. Factors such as fetch, bathymetry, erosion rates, marsh, and beach are taken into consideration in producing site suitability. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the site suitability model, as well as a tutorial of an online map-viewer which has been developed to display results from the analysis. A brief overview of the conference proceedings from the first-ever national living shorelines summit in Hartford, which drew nearly 300 researchers, government employees, engineers, students and others, will be provided.

Roadside Forests: Management Solutions for Storm Resilience, a “Stormwise” Approach

shellfish

December 8, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Tom Worthley, UConn CLEAR, and Jeffrey Ward, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Run Time: 00:59:32

This webinar will highlight the forest stand conditions along roadsides that contribute to the tree issues we encounter during high-intensity wind-storm events. It will also explore how traditional arboriculture and silviculture by themselves have not adequately addressed the management issue. A new approach will be introduced that blends the two scopes of practice and can be applied to protect the roadside forests we all love while growing and maintaining them in a healthier way. The webinar will end with a discussion of all the stakeholder groups that must be involved to operationalize the approach across the landscape.

Landsat Unveiled: Getting Started Using Landsat Data in ArcGIS

shellfish

November 2, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Dan Civco, Professor, Department of NRE, UConn Director, Center for Land Use Education And Research (CLEAR) and James Hurd, Research Associate, Department of NRE, UConn Director, Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS)

Run Time: 00:52:16

Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. First launched in 1972, for over four decades Landsat has provided a unique resource for those who work in water resources, agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief. This webinar will provide a basic overview of the Landsat satellite and imaging sensors, where and how to acquire the freely available data, how to prepare Landsat data for use in ArcGIS, and how to calculate some derivative information.

Planning and Zoning in An Aging Connecticut

shellfish

September 21, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Alyssa Norwood, Connecticut's Legislative Commission on Aging

Run Time: 00:52:16

This webinar was recorded on September 21, 2015. Alyssa Norwood from Connecticut's Legislative Commission on Aging provides statistics on the state's ageing populations and how to address it from a land use planning perspective. Moderated by UConn CLEAR's Bruce Hyde.

More Than Just a Picture? The Basics of Remotely Sensed Imagery

shellfish

July 28, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Dan Civco, Professor, Department of NRE, UConn Director, Center for Land Use Education And Research (CLEAR) and James Hurd, Research Associate, Department of NRE, UConn Director, Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS)

Run Time: 00:50:39

We have all seen remotely sensed imagery, and many of us use imagery as a background layer to our GIS maps and to derive spatial information. But, how many of us really understand the process of how that image was collected and what it is showing us, or could show us? Furthermore, how many of us are aware of the wide variety of imagery that is available and how to access and use these images? This webinar will provide a basic overview of the remote sensing process and describe what we are really seeing in an image and how it is collected, describe various types of imagery that are available and where they can be obtained, and present some basic interpretation techniques to derive spatial information from the imagery.

The Big Picture of Climate Adaptation in Connecticut

shellfish

June 16, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Mark Boyer, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Political Science, UConn and Melanie Meinzer, Graduate Student, UConn

Run Time: 00:49:26

When confronted with the demands of global climate change, why do some towns move the climate adaptation agenda forward in their communities while others seemingly get little accomplished? To answer this question, we look at the “big picture” of what’s going on across Connecticut on climate adaptation. We’ll first look at what is driving public policy based on past research, thus briefly discussing competing and complementary explanations for why some communities aggressively pursue climate adaptation policies, while others do less. We then dig into our data collected across the 169 towns in Connecticut regarding climate adaptation, linking policy actions to their fundamental global cause. The quantitative data is augmented with interview data from policy-makers and activists from around the New England region.

Using the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas for Fun and Profit

shellfish

April 21, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR and Tessa Getchis, UConn Aquaculture, Shellfish Management

Run Time: 00:49:39

Shellfish aquaculture is a large and growing part of Connecticut's agriculture sector but site selection is a major challenge. Farmers cultivate oysters, clams and scallops in designated areas of Long Island Sound. Those sites are considered public property and are leased from the state. Because these underwater farms are not located on private property, new or expanding activities are faced with a significant amount of scrutiny. Farmers need to identify growing areas that are biologically productive for their crop while also considering the potential use conflicts or environmental interactions with their activity on those sites. To help improve site selection for aquaculture, the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas was developed in partnership between the UConn CLEAR, Connecticut Sea Grant and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. This tool provides users with access to relevant aquaculture, navigation and natural resource data layers and information. This webinar will introduce the new function and capabilities of Version 4. View Webinar as pdf 

Update on the Emerald Ash Borer in Connecticut

Emerald Ash Borer

February 10, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by Nancy Marek, UConn Extension Forestry and Chris Donnelly, CT DEEP Urban Forestry Coordinator

Run Time: 01:07:58

The emerald ash borer is a small, shimmering green, non-native insect that kills ash trees. Learn about the biology of the pest, how to identify an ash tree, what efforts are currently being used to control and manage the insect, and what steps private landowners and natural resources professionals can take to limit the impact of the infestation. View Webinar as pdf 

Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA): Getting Young Scientists Involved in Local Environmental Projects that Benefit CT Communities

LiDAR image

March 17, 2015 - From the CLEAR 2015 Webinar Series
Presented by John Volin & Laura Cisneros, UConn Department of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

Run Time: 00:50:55

UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) is a new transformative program that engages high school students in land use and natural resource conservation in an exciting and meaningful way for the student that is beneficial to our communities and environment. Each year ~24 students participate in a week-long field experience at UConn, where they learn from UConn faculty and students as well as other environmental professionals about the natural world in a land use context. Afterwards, the students apply their skills during a seven-month conservation-focused project addressing local environmental issues in their own community under the mentorship of a community partner (e.g. local planners, decision-makers, scientists, environmental professionals on land trusts and conservation/wetland commissions). To date, 53 community projects have been completed or are currently being conducted throughout Connecticut by our NRCA students. These projects have proven to be not only beneficial to the students but to their community partners and communities. During this webinar, we will provide a brief background on the NRCA and discuss examples of NRCA projects conducted throughout the state, successful community partnerships, and the potential benefits of partnering with the NRCA.  View Webinar as pdf  

Mysteries of the New Lidar Data

Green Infrastructure

October 28, 2014 - From the CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick and Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:37:23

Lidar is a detection system that uses light from a laser on an airplane to collect very accurate and dense elevation values with many different applications (and it looks really cool!). Connecticut is (partially) covered by a patchwork of Lidar datasets captured at different times by different companies with different specs. Most of the data sets are now available on the Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO) website in an interactive format (that means you can zoom in). This webinar will highlight what is available including elevation, hillshade, shaded relief, slope and aspect and how to access it. It will briefly discuss what is happening under the hood to get volumes of data out to you over the internet and will also discuss the missing areas of the state. CT ECO is a website that was designed to provide access Connecticut’s natural resource data layers. It is a partnership between the UConn CLEAR and CT DEEP.  View Webinar as pdf  

Loss of Carbon Sequestration from Land Use Change in Connecticut

Green Infrastructure

September 23, 2014 - From the CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series
Presented by Linda Powers Tomasso, Project Associate, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard University School of Public Health, and Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:53:04

Greenhouse inventories (GHG) estimate levels of emissions which are scientifically understood as the human-induced basis for climate change. GHG inventories ideally resemble balance sheets indicating both emissions sources and carbon “sinks” that remove atmospheric CO2 via long-term carbon storage in vegetation cover, soils, and forests. Like all New England states, Connecticut over the past decades has seen a loss of its beneficial carbon sinks due to land converted from forested and vegetated landscape to areas of sprawling regional development, to the detriment of state efforts to combat climate change. To date, carbon sinks have been omitted from GHG inventories due to insufficient accounting methods, leading policy-makers to undervalue Connecticut’s forests and open spaces as agents of regional climate stabilization. 

Linda Powers Tomasso explored the problem of carbon sink accounting in her graduate thesis research using CLEAR’s twenty-five years of satellite monitored land use data. In this webinar, Linda will walk us through her research findings, explaining state land cover change and its relation to the loss of carbon storage and sequestration which help keep emissions rises in check. Her accounting methods propose a new use for CLEAR land cover data, with surprisingly robust results, leaving us with the question: should forest conservation garner greater attention and public funding as a cost effective mitigator against climate change?  View Webinar as pdf  

Stormwise: Increasing the Storm Resilience of Trees

Green Infrastructure

July 23, 2014 - From the CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series
Presented by Mark Rudnicki, UConn Associate Professor, Forest Ecology, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Run Time: 00:58:18

Connecticut is a state with magnificent and plentiful forest cover, but we have a continuing problem with trees causing power outages. The STORMWISE initiative, developed at the University of Connecticut, seeks to integrate outreach, education, research and economic feasibility to provide practicable solutions to mitigate tree-related power outages.

This webinar will show how trees acclimate to wind forces and how this knowledge is being used to design solutions to enhance tree strength along power line (distribution) corridors in Connecticut. We will also discuss how these forest management solutions can also promote local wood production and use in everything from flooring and cabinets to biofuel or firewood.

This webinar will also highlight the ongoing efforts in education/outreach to gain public acceptance and adoption of Stormwise practices. This effort is closely aligned with social science research to better understand attitudes and perceptions regarding trees and their management for increased power resilience.

Green Infrastructure on the UConn Campus

Green Infrastructure

May 13, 2014 - From the CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series
Presented by Michael Dietz & Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:41:01

The main campus of the University of Connecticut is rapidly becoming a showcase for the innovative stormwater practices known as green infrastructure (GI), or low impact development (LID). Green roofs, rain gardens, pervious parking lots and walkways, bioretention cells, and other GI features now dot the campus landscape. This webinar will show what they look like, discuss how are they working, and explore whether there are lessons to be learned. We will:

  1. take you on a virtual tour of campus GI practices using photos, video, and interactive mapping;
  2. review monitoring and research results;
  3. explain the GI tracking system that CLEAR’s NEMO Program is using to quantify the impacts of these practices, and;
  4. introduce a new multi-media website dedicated to teaching others how to approach using GI to reduce the runoff from their impervious surfaces.

Analysis of Shoreline Change in Connecticut - 100 Years of Erosion & Accretion

Shoreline

April 1, 2014 - From the CLEAR 2014 Webinar Series
Presented by Joel Stocker, UConn CLEAR & Sea Grant and Kevin O'Brien, CT DEEP

Run Time: 00:57:25

Recent storms have focused interest on the dynamics of the shoreline. Receiving attention is the question, “What has it done in the past?” In 2010 the USGS released a report on historical shoreline change along the New England and Mid-Atlantic coasts from Virginia to Maine. Connecticut, behind Long Island and Long Island Sound, was not analyzed. With funding from NOAA and National Sea Grant, our team from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Extension, and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has taken on an ambitious project designed to fill the gap. Our goal is to highlight and quantify the changes to Connecticut’s shoreline over the last 100 years. Using maps dating from the 1880’s, more recent GIS datasets, and a USGS software program shoreline features were analyzed along the entire length of the State using geologic and political boundaries.  Results identify areas of change (both eroding and accreting), by quantifying not only how much the shoreline has moved, but also the rate of change. A summary of overall trends is also provided.

State of the GPS "Apposphere" - Navigating Smartphone Data Collection Apps

Gull Island

December 17, 2013 - From the CLEAR 2013 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick and David Dickson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:03:39

A simple search for "GPS" apps in the Apple App store or on Google Play will return thousands of results for free or low cost mapping apps now available on your smartphone. So where do you start? This webinar will start to answer that question. UConn CLEAR has been conducting GPS trainings for nearly a decade that have focused on using a handheld GPS unit to collect geospatial data in the field and then map it. Due to popular demand, we are developing a version of the course focused on using smartphones to collect field data instead of a dedicated GPS receiver. This webinar will provide an overview of the smartphone GPS universe and showcase our favorite apps for field data collection.

Gull Island Habitat Management Project

Gull Island

November 7, 2013 - From the CLEAR 2013 Webinar Series
Presented by Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant & Joel Stocker, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:40:57

Great Gull Island, owned by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), has two species of terns nesting on the island: the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) with 9,500 pairs and the Roseate Tern (S. dougallii) with 1,300 pairs. This represents the largest concentration of nesting Common Terns in the world, and the largest concentration of nesting Roseate Terns in the Western Hemisphere. Great Gull Island, 17 acres in size, is the site of a former army fort with crumbling battlements and boulders surrounding the edges of the island. The Common Terns use the interior island, while the Roseate Terns nest in the boulders. Vegetation, including many invasive plant species, has overtaken parts of the island causing loss of nesting habitat. Connecticut Sea Grant, CLEAR, and USFWS are working with the AMNH to develop and implement a habitat management plan for this island. This webinar will describe the fascinating history of Great Gull Island and our management efforts to improve tern nesting habitat.

Build a Rain Garden this Spring with NEMO's New App & Website

Rain Garden App

February 20, 2013 - From the CLEAR 2013 Webinar Series
Presented by David Dickson & Michael Dietz, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:47:39

Rain gardens are depressions in the ground that collect and soak up stormwater runoff from roads, roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces. They are relatively simple to install, are beautiful additions to the landscape, and help prevent water pollution. And now NEMO has made it even easier to install a rain garden of your very own with a new website and the nation's first Rain Garden smartphone app.

The app and website are aimed at homeowners, landscape professionals, municipal staff, or others who are interested in properly installing one or more rain gardens. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of the dynamic features of the app, which include a searchable plant database and tools that help site, size and install your rain garden properly. It will also highlight the features of NEMO & Connecticut Fund for the Environment's new Rain Garden website for those without a smartphone.

Go to App Store

Our Changing Landscape: 1985 - 2010

Climate Change

December 4, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Emily Wilson and Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:50:48

How has our local landscape been changing over the last 25 years?CLEAR’s Changing Landscape is an ongoing project that uses remote sensing technology to chart land cover changes over time. Long Island Sound Study funding has allowed CLEAR to expand the project study area to include the portions of New York draining to the Sound, and to add a 2010 dataset that makes the total study period a whopping 25 years. Land cover change, riparian (streamside) zone change, and impervious area are all included in the study, and the information is posted on an extensive interactive website that includes data summaries and maps at the regional, state, major watershed, and small watershed levels. This webinar will introduce you to the study, go over a few basic findings, and give you a virtual tour of the site so that you can dig into the data, maps, and tables on your own. Whether you’re new to CLEAR land cover data or have been impatiently waiting for the update, this webinar is for you!

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change

September 18, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Bruce Hyde, UConn CLEAR and Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant

Run Time: 00:56:42

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.

Community Food Security in Connecticut

FoodSecurity

July 10, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Jiff Martin, UConn Cooperative Extension and Adam Rabinowitz, UConn CANR

Run Time: 00:54:03

Most residents in Connecticut have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living. Yet each year there are households that experience limited access to food due to a lack of money or other resources. Between 2008 and 2010, 12.7 percent of residents in Connecticut were living in food insecure households (38% of which were living in 'households with very low food insecurity'). Although it is extremely difficult to pinpoint where these food insecure households are located, we can look at certain town-level variables to draw comparisons on a town by town basis.

UConn Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, UConn Cooperative Extension, CT Food Policy Council, and UConn CLEAR have collaborated to develop the new Community Food Security (CFS) in Connecticut Study with an accompanying website with interative map features. The CFS study and website provides a picture of how towns in Connecticut compare to each other under three separate conditions: 1) What is the likelihood that a resident is at-risk for food insecurity?; 2) What is the status of access to food options and geographic proximity to food retailers?; 3) How well are town residents being served through public food assistance services?

Demonstration of ArcGIS.com

ArcGIS Webinar

July 18, 2012 - Posted on the Ecosystem-Based Managment Tools Network Website
Presented by Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:08:46

Interactive web maps are powerful tools for organizing and disseminating information for public consumption. For years, Google has led this revolution in online mapping by making it easy for practically anyone to create a custom web map of their own using Google Maps and Google Earth. ESRI, the creator of the most popular desktop GIS software, has recently launched ArcGIS.com, a free web based tool for creating web maps and mapping applications. It allows a user to create customizable maps with built in functions including the ability to: connect to a wide variety of base maps and mapping services, import existing GIS data, customize how information is displayed, edit data using a simple interface or smartphone, collaborate with others, create online galleries of web maps, establish public or private map groups, add new data, and more. This webinar will provide an overview of ESRI's new ArcGIS.com website and live demonstration of many of the functions listed above.

ArcGIS.com: A User-Friendly Tool for Creating Maps Online

ArcGIS Webinar

May 8, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick and Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 01:04:45

Interactive web maps are powerful tools for organizing and disseminating information for public consumption. For years, Google has led this revolution in online mapping by making it easy for practically anyone (even you) to create a custom web map of their own using Google Maps and Google Earth. But Google isn’t the only game in town anymore.

ESRI, the creator of the most popular desktop GIS software, has recently launched ArcGIS.com, a free web based tool for creating web maps and mapping applications. It allows a user to create customizable maps with built in functions including the ability to: connect to a wide variety of base maps and mapping services, import existing GIS data, customize how information is displayed, edit data using a simple interface or smartphone, collaborate with others, create online galleries of web maps, establish public or private map groups, add new data, and more. This webinar will provide an overview of ESRI’s new ArcGIS.com website. Many of the functions listed above will be covered through discussion and live demonstration and will include examples of how towns and land trusts might use the technology to meet their online mapping needs.

LID in Connecticut: a Virtual Tour of Where It's Working

LID Atlas Webinar

March 13, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Michael Dietz and David Dickson, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:49:51

No need to get on the bus for this tour! Join us for a virtual tour of Low Impact Development (LID) around the State of Connecticut. Dave Dickson and Mike Dietz will use NEMO's LID Atlas, a cutting-edge web tool powered by Google Maps, to highlight LID projects around the state. At each stop you'll learn the background of each site, get to see pictures, learn about obstacles, and successes. Different types of LID practices will be covered, from rain gardens to porous pavements. At the end, we'll demonstrate the use of the Atlas so that you can your own tour not only around Connecticut but the entire U.S. Perhaps some of these sites will inspire you to initiate an LID project in your town? Come find out!

Introduction to "Buildout" Analyses

Buildout Webinar

February 28, 2012 - From the CLEAR 2012 Webinar Series
Presented by Bruce Hyde, Emily Wilson and Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:50:53

A "buildout" analysis is a planning tool that can provide insight into the possible future impacts of a town's current land use regulations. But what does a buildout really tell you? In the first half of the webinar, we'll explain what a buildout is and isn't, go over common misconceptions about buildouts, and review several different types of buildouts and what type of data are needed for each. In the second half we'll illustrate some of these concepts with two case studies - one done in 2008 for the CT Office of Policy and Management and in partnership with the Central Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, and a recently completed buildout done in partnership with the Town of Kent. And of course, we'll (attempt to) answer your questions. After spending this hour with us, you may not be able to do a buildout using your iPhone and a pocket calculator, but you will be able to ask good questions about the need for, uses, and types of buildouts that might apply to your community.

Using CLEAR Website Tools for Local Conservation Planning Webinar

November 8, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Emily Wilson and Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Eligible for 1 CM credit.

Run Time: 00:48:49

Local land trusts and conservation commissions are major players in land conservation in Connecticut, yet few have direct access to technical resources that can help them in their task of permanently protecting open space. In many cases, web-based information and tools created by the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) can help. This presentation will use live online demonstration of these tools to show how they can be used to help make the case for, analyze and prioritize open space. The "tour" will include examples using the Connecticut's Changing Landscape website, online Community Resource Inventory, CT-ECO online mapping site, and GoogleEarth (which CLEAR, alas, did not create).

Farm-friendly Plans & Regulations

October 18, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Joan Nichols, Government Relations Specialist, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

Eligible for 1 CM credit.

Run Time: 00:53:17

According to a 2010 UCONN study, in 2007 Connecticut agriculture contributed $3.5 billion dollars to the state's economy and 20,000 jobs statewide. Agriculture is growing and diversifying in Connecticut to meet the demand for locally grown food and farm products. Agriculture is a unique land use that often does not fit into the mold of most land use regulations. It is important that municipalities understand the unique characteristics of agriculture so that regulations are written that allow for sustainability of local agriculture. This one hour webinar will highlight key points community leaders and planners should consider when drafting "farm-friendly" regulations and what steps communities should take to insure that the needs of the farming and non-farming community are addressed. 

Permeable Pavements for Stormwater Control

September 13, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Michael Dietz, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:56:15

Pervious pavements are recommended as an alternative to traditional asphalt or concrete pavements to reduce stormwater impacts. This webinar will discuss some different types of pervious pavements that are currently available, including pervious concrete, pervious asphalt, pervious interlocking concrete pavers (PICPs), and plastic grid pavements. Performance data, advantages/disadvantages for different applications, and some cost information will be discussed.

An Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Technology & Smartphone Mapping "Apps"

July 19, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick and David Dickson, UConn CLEAR

Eligible for 1 CM credit.

Run Time: 00:55:30

In today’s high tech world, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing how the Global Positioning System (GPS) influences our daily activities. GPS technology is built into many new products, from smartphones to smart shoes. This webinar will introduce you to the magic behind the Global Positioning System and will discuss topics including how to choose a GPS unit to meet your needs, how to collect and display GPS data on a map and how to link photographs to a geographic location. This webinar will also discuss new trends in smartphone technology and methods for mapping field points using an iPhone or iPad.

Planning for Brownfields

June 22, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Bruce Hyde, UConn CLEAR and Dudley (Skip) Alleman, Senior Project Manager
HRP Associates, Inc

Eligible for 1 CM credit.

Run Time: 00:52:48

Is that old gas station, dry cleaners or auto body shop in your town a Brownfield? Is a Brownfield an agricultural field in the winter or one that’s contaminated? It might be both. Brownfields come in all sizes and can be found in most communities, urban and rural. This presentation will focus on the Brownfield basics: types of Brownfields commonly found in communities, what it takes to clean them up, who’s responsible and who’s available to help. The impacts of Brownfields on the community and the environment will also be discussed.

Free Google Tools for Creating Interactive Mapping “Mashups”

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May 10, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Cary Chadwick and Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

Eligible for 1 CM credit.

Run Time: 01:01:50

A mapping “mashup” is a web application that combines data from different sources into a single integrated, online mapping tool. With the rise in online mapping technology from leaders like Google Maps and Google Earth, creating these mashup applications has never been easier. This one-hour webinar will demonstrate how anyone can use Google tools to publish basic geographic information on a customized map using Google Maps and Google Earth. Topics will include how to add place markers, lines and shapes to a map, how to add content including photos and videos to the map and how to import existing data from other sources. The webinar will also highlight collaborative mapping techniques and methods for sharing and embedding maps on websites. The webinar will include live demonstration of tools and techniques along with plenty of real world examples.

Rain Gardens

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April 19, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Michael Dietz, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:49:47

A rain garden is a depressed area in the landscape designed to collect and infiltrate stormwater. In addition to treating stormwater, rain gardens can be beautiful additions to the home landscape. This webinar will provide an overview of the functions and features of rain gardens. Learn how to size them, where to locate them, how to install them, and what types of plants to put in them. The focus will be on residential scale rain gardens, but a brief coverage of bioretention systems will be provided as well.

Affordable Housing

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March 15, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Bruce Hyde, UConn CLEAR and David Fink, Policy Director Partnership for Strong Communities

Run Time: 00:56:42

The mere mention of affordable housing can be a lightning rod for the NIMBY ("not in my back yard") elements in any community. But what is affordable housing and who really lives in it? Access to decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing has long been an issue of public importance in Connecticut. This webinar focuses on the challenges of providing affordable housing in our communities and why it’s important to create it to solve economic growth, municipal finance, educational, healthcare, environmental quality-of-life, transportation and other problems that our towns and state face. Methods of overcoming the barriers to affordable housing—erasing myths and misconceptions—and discussing why creating affordable housing is in the interest of municipalities will be discussed. The information provided will help foster an understanding of the relationship between housing costs and household incomes, development revenues versus municipal costs, and will include the role of planners in educating their towns’ residents on the benefits of affordable housing in their communities.

Riparian Corridors

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February 8, 2011 - From the CLEAR 2011 Webinar Series
Presented by Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR and Juliana Barrett, CT Sea Grant

Run Time: 00:52:23

Riparian, or streamside, corridors provide a host of environmental benefits, from erosion control and wildlife habitat to water quality protection. What is the state of riparian corridors in Connecticut, and what options are there for addressing riparian corridor protection?

This webinar will focus on a recently completed CLEAR study showing changes to 100 foot and 300 foot riparian corridor areas during the 21-year period from 1985 to 2006. We will review statewide, watershed, and town-level data, and demonstrate the use of the project website. We will also present information on the functions and values of riparian corridors of various widths, the relationship between wetlands and riparian corridors, and the need for local commissions, land trusts and other conservation groups to work together on the conservation of these critical areas.

CT Environmental Conditions Online (ECO) Training

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March 2, 2010 - Posted on the CT ECO Website
Presented by Cary Chadwick and Chet Arnold, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:50:24

On March 2, A CT ECO Training Webinar demonstrated the range of data, tools and techniques for viewing Connecticut's natural resource data in the CT ECO (Environmental Conditions Online) website. Highlighted features included CT ECO's Data and Resource Guides, Map Catalog, Simple Map Viewer, Advanced Map Viewer, and Map Services. The webinar demonstrated how CT ECO is intended not only for the GIS proficient, but also for a casual map user. CT ECO is a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut.

Putting Maps & Geographic Data on the Web

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January 20, 2010 - Posted on CLEAR's Geospatial Training Program Website
Presented by Presented by Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR

Run Time: 00:58:15

This one-hour webinar will demonstrate how anyone can use Google tools to publish basic geographic information on a customized map using Google Maps and Google Earth. It also covers techniques for embedding an interactive map on a website.  

Forest Fragmentation Study

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November 4, 2009 - Posted on CLEAR's Forest Fragmentation Study Website
Presented by Chet Arnold, Tom Worthley, James Hurd and Emily Wilson, UConn CLEAR

CLEAR researchers developed a model to analyze the land cover change for information on the fragmentation of forest land, the largest component of Connecticut's land cover. The Forest Fragmentation Study webinar is a 45 minute review of CLEAR's Forest Fragmentation study and website.

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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