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

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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.

Presented by: CLEAR, CT Sea Grant and CT DEEP

Running Time: 00:47:39


Joel Stocker, Assistant Extension Educator

Joel's Bio
Joel Stocker

Joel started with the NEMO program as a graduate assistant within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After graduating with a Masters in Natural Resources Management and Engineering in 1994 he continued full time with NEMO through the Cooperative Extension System. He currently works with Extension Forestry and supports multiple CLEAR projects with GIS applications and training.

In addition Joel has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining the University Joel worked as an Engineer in the US Air Force.

Kevin O’Brien, Connecticut Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection

Kevin's Bio

Kevin O’Brien is an Environmental Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs (OLISP). His current specialties relative to coastal and resource management include leading and participating in an assortment of geospatial & remote sensing projects. Kevin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Lafayette College and a Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs & Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.