The sea level around Connecticut is 5 inches higher than it was in 1964.1 This increase is mostly due to ice melting into the ocean and Connecticut’s sinking land, and it’s causing major issues. Solutions in Connecticut can be complicated, because evaluation of coastal community needs and preservation of wetland habitats must both be taken into consideration when solving for sea level rise.2 There are already over 7,000 properties at risk from frequent tidal flooding in Connecticut.3 The state is planning over $2 billion in sea level rise solutions, which include restoration projects, catastrophic flood prevention, and building seawalls.
Sea level rise is speeding up
Although the sea has only risen by 5 inches since 1964, its speed of rise is accelerating.1 Scientists know this because the sea level is measured every 6 minutes using equipment like satellites, floating buoys off the coast, and tidal gauges to accurately measure the local sea level as it accelerates and changes.4
SEA LEVEL MEASUREMENT FROM BRIDGEPORT AREA TIDE GAUGE SINCE 1950