Community Impact

Climate models predict that Long Island Sound will rise 20 inches in the next 30 years. On the left, the image shows a typical flood plus 20 inches; on the right, a 100 year flood similar to Hurricane Sandy, plus 20 inches. The color scale shows the flood water level: green < 0.5 feet (0.5’), yellow is between 0.5’ and 1’, orange between 1’ and 2’, and red is flooding over 2’. Flooding at the 2’ level washes away cars and SUVs and undermines many structures.

For Future Flood Control, Cities Need Strategy

What we consider a 100-year event is a conservative version of a 10-year event plus 20 inches—what will be a normal flood in 2050

UConn’s TIP Digital Brings Disruptive Companies On Board in First Months

Within its first months of operation, UConn's data science incubator, TIP Digital in Stamford, has brought on a dozen companies who are using machine learning to create novel solutions

CIRCA scholars are working to help Connecticut policymakers and towns adapt best practices for climate resilience to the Nutmeg State.

Expanding Climate Resilience with Forward-Thinking Policy Initiatives

Looking to other states for best practices and adapting them for Connecticut's needs

Understanding flood damage risks is especially important in Connecticut, where high density development is common along the shoreline.

Don’t Get Soaked: Flood Damage Could Lessen if Cities Build Smarter

More pavement means more damage from floods

Some 'hot spots' in Fairfield and New Haven counties have seen average temperatures climb by five to 10 degrees over the past two decades.

CIRCA Webinar Presents Changes to Land Surface Temperature, Land Use in New Haven, Fairfield Counties

'Heat islands' in urban areas have experienced a five-to-10-degree temperature increase over the past 20 years

A new method of calculating the flow of water through coastal areas like salt marshes can help residents and planners better prepare for sea level rise and major storms.

A Simple Simulation to Help Coastal Towns Plan for Rising Sea Levels

Knowing how water moves through coastal structures can yield important insights for residents and planners

UConn Students Striking Out Health Inequity by Screening Patients for Social Determinants of Health

Find out how two UConn medical students are helping lead more than 100 other UConn student volunteers to together lower patients' risks of any potential health inequities due to social determinants of health.

Once-a-Day Pills for Sickle Cell Changing Young Woman’s Life

World Sickle Cell Disease Day is June 19. Learn how the advanced clinical care and research of Dr. Biree Andemariam and her New England Sickle Cell Institute at UConn Health are changing sickle cell patients' daily lives.

Betsy and Mark Vergnano

UConn School of Engineering Unveils the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion, Supported by UConn Alumni Mark and Betsy Vergnano’s $3M Donation

The gift represents the largest diversity, equity, and inclusion investment in UConn School of Engineering history and is one of the largest single DEI investments in UConn

Beach houses on Lake Michigan, lake erosion dangerously close to houses, half the beach is gone due to high water

Should We Stay or Should We Go? Shoreline Homes and Rising Sea Levels in Connecticut

How strategies to address rising sea levels could affect local taxes, home values, and other factors