Connecticut Shoreline Change Analysis
100 Years of Erosion and AccretionCoastal shorelines are in a continuous state of flux due to natural processes as well as human activities. Cyclic and non-cyclic processes change the shoreline position from daily and seasonal effects (wind/waves/storms/tides), to changes in sea level over hundreds to thousands of years. Human activities changing the shoreline can range from nourishment/grading of beaches to filling, developing and armoring.
The Connecticut Shoreline Change Project analyzes how the Connecticut shoreline has changed between the late 1800’s and 2006 through loss (erosion) and gain (accretion) over time. A Geographic Information System (GIS) time series analysis was conducted using maps of the Connecticut shoreline from several different time periods between 1870 and 2006 to provide a high-level, quantifiable assessment of Connecticut shoreline trends from both a statewide and a localized perspective.
The primary question asked in this analysis is, How fast has the shoreline changed?
Use the menu buttons at the top to see how we did the study and what we found.
Download Shoreline Change Analysis in Connecticut full report in PDF HERE.