January 2019
The Resilience Roundup highlights announcements, events, and funding opportunities along with links to the previous month's local, state, and national resilience news. 
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CIRCA Hires Director of Resilience Design
CIRCA is pleased to announce Alexander Felson as the new Director of Resilience Design who will play a key role in supporting the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan. He will also assume a new academic role as an Associate Research Scientist in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences. Previously, Dr. Felson was faculty at Yale University and he will continue to direct Ecopolitan Design, LLC and the Urban Ecology Design Lab, working nationally and internationally on professional projects. You can reach Alex at alex.felson@uconn.edu .

MetroCOG Beardsley Zoo Green Infrastructure Project Report Available
The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Government’s (MetroCOG) Beardsley Zoo Green Infrastructure Project is a highly visible green infrastructure retrofit at the zoo located along the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport. This collaborative project between MetroCOG, the Beardsley Zoo, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and Save the Sound will build on regional resilience planning efforts and the successful completion of a previous green infrastructure demonstration project at the Zoo.
Stamford Resilience Opportunity Assessment Report Available
The City of Stamford’s “Resilience Opportunity Assessment” is a pilot project reviewing potential vulnerability to climate change hazards at Stamford’s Government Center and High School. This assessment not only provides an opportunity to advance resiliency in specific municipal buildings, but is an opportunity to improve how the entire city functions and recovers from possible disaster. 
Assessment of Two Models of Wave Propagation in an Estuary Protected by Breakwaters
Breakwaters are hard structures built into a body of water to protect a coast or harbor from the force of waves and are used to limit coastal erosion. In harbors, breakwaters provide calmer water to ease both navigation and berthing for vessels by blocking and dissipating wave energy. Continue to read more about newly published results from a CIRCA research project comparing two wave models under different conditions in New Haven Harbor. 
January 12th - Clinical Climate Change Conference
7:15am - 4:45pm
New York Academy of Medicine (1216 5th Ave, New York, NY)

This full day Clinical Climate Change conference will offer 8.25 AMA PRA Category I Credits™ and connect public health professionals, policy makes, physicians, nurses, front line staff, and allied health professionals with up-to-date evidence based information on the impact of climate change on the health of populations to inform patient treatment and care.
January 25th - Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation III: Road Flooding Workshop
9:00am - 2:30pm
Middlesex County Extension Center (1066 Saybrook Rd., Haddam, CT)
Register by January 18th

The Climate Adaptation Academy, which is a partnership of Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn's Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), is hosting a new workshop in January. Building on two previous Legal Issues in the Age of Climate Adaptation workshops, this session will focus on the legal and physical challenges municipalities are facing due to road flooding from extreme high tides and sea level rise.
March 15th - Long Island Sound Research Conference
8:00am - 5:00pm
Danford's Hotel, Marina and Spa ( 25 East Broadway Port Jefferson NY 11777)
Register by March 1st

This biennial conference highlights diverse research occurring in the Long Island Sound and its watershed. The meeting will be facilitated as a partnership between New York Sea Grant, Connecticut Sea Grant, and the Long Island Sound Study.
CIRCA in the News
December 8, 2018 - Resiliency is Connecticut's Best Climate Bet , The Day

Coastal states like Connecticut and its cities and towns have no choice but to prepare for the threat to access roads, bridges, beaches, homes, public spaces and buildings. In two installments last month, the Connecticut Mirror described resilience challenges  and actions  being taken by CIRCA and state and local governments.
Local & State News Clips
December 1, 2018 - Connecticut Preps for Weather Extremes, Flooding Highlighted in Climate Report , The Day

Climate experts say flooding will become more common as conditions in the northeast become warmer and more volatile. Agencies warn that without greater efforts to mitigate climate change, the region's shifting seasons threaten "the very character of the rural northeast and eventually could stifle natural resource-based industries including agriculture, fishing, forestry and outdoor recreation, which combine for almost a quarter of a trillion dollars in annual economic activity and more than 1.5 million jobs."
December 18, 2018 - Gov. Malloy Releases Climate Change Recommendations , CT.gov

On Decemeber 18th, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the  final set of recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), which will establish a sustainable path for achieving Connecticut’s long-term vision for decarbonizing our economy in order to address the problem of human-induced climate change.
December 19, 2018 - CT Looks To Mix Of Strategies To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions , WSHU

Connecticut’s Council on Climate Change has some recommendations for the next decade to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in the state. A  report  from the council says Connecticut needs to build more energy-efficient buildings and put more cars on the road that run on clean energy.
National News Clips
December 13, 2018 - Negotiators Scramble on Paris Climate Accord Fine Print as Summit Nears End, PBS

Efforts to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord drew closer Thursday, three years after the landmark agreement on curbing global warming. However, negotiators remained deadlocked on the thorniest issues and appeared set for overtime.
December 20, 2018 - Rising Waters are Drowning Amtrak's Northeast Corridor , Bloomberg Businessweek

Parts of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route, which carries 12 million people each year between Boston and Washington, face “continual inundation.” Flooding, rising seas, and storm surge threaten to erode the track bed and knock out the signals that direct train traffic. 
December 20th, 2018 - 9 States Target Transportation Emissions with New Cap-and-Trade Plan, Inside Climate News

Nine Eastern states have committed to cut transportation emissions in their region by designing a new cap-and-trade system. It's the latest and perhaps most significant example of states working together to fill a void left by the federal government to address  climate change .
December 26, 2018 - The Dire Consequences of Having Fewer Days Below Freezing, Explained , VOX

Crisp white winters are beginning to turn mushy gray across the northern United States. The longer we wait to get serious about limiting climate change, a White Christmas could become a thing of the past for many cities later this century. Average winter temperatures are projected to shift in the 1,000 largest US cities by 2050 if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Resilience Roundup highlights CIRCA's  presence in the news, provides links to recent local/state/national news articles related to resilience and adaptation, and announces upcoming events and seminars.
The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation's (CIRCA) mission is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut's coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment. The institute is located at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus and includes faculty from across the university. CIRCA is a partnership between UConn and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).