Sea Level Rise - Green Infrastructure Solutions

Sea Level Rise – Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

22 August, 2018 | by SEN Team

This is a two-part project: Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting and Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches for Sea Level Rise.

Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting. 

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to global environmental issues arising as a result of a changing climate. The UConn CIRCA faculty are partnering with researchers from across New England to advance the development and implementation of a comprehensive, regional, coastal and riverine inundation observation and modeling system. This project will result in the creation of a real-time inundation forecast system and 100-year return interval (1% annual chance) online maps that will be housed with the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches.

UConn CIRCA, working in conjunction with five New England states and several regional organizations, will collaboratively analyze living shorelines applications in Connecticut and the Northeast region. New England has a varied coastline and dually varied utilization rates for living shorelines projects. Under this cooperative effort, UConn CIRCA will assist the region as it develops a ‘state-of-the-science’ analysis of living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure, identify barriers and potential solutions to increase the deployment of living shorelines, and develop and disseminate educational materials and workshops for the public regarding living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure in order to fight sea level rise.


“Natural ecosystems provide multiple benefits to people, including food and water production, improved air and water quality, and recreation and spiritual inspiration”


CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training. Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.

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The Practice of Green Infrastructure. Image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


You can find the full PDF presentation about the project sea level rise here.


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University of Connecticut,Groton,Connecticut,United States
John Rozum, Rebecca French, Katherine Lund, Kim Bradley, Peter Francis