Now more than ever before, the great environmental challenges of our age – climate change, clean air, clean water, biodiversity loss, and sustainability – are taking a toll on the world’s coastal regions. In response to these critical environmental challenges, the University of Connecticut (UConn) and the Town of Greenwich propose to develop a partnership that will produce research dedicated to preserving the Connecticut coast and contribute vital educational and outreach opportunities for communities in the environs of the Long Island Sound.
UConn’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) will partner with the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission (SFC) and Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission to collaborate on integrated research, education, outreach, and community involvement in the Town of Greenwich.
The partnership’s goals include:
- Contribute to big data collection and analyses that further the research and understanding of environmental trends in Long Island Sound and its environs
- Provide educational and outreach activities to Connecticut communities and engage students and local community members in citizen science endeavors
- Detect invasive species and quantify their ecological impacts on the region
- Monitor and analyze water quality in support of aquaculture and conservation efforts in the Greenwich region
The partnership will collaborate with other academic, governmental, and non-governmental groups, such as the Long Island Sound Study, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and NOAA, to fulfill research, education, and outreach initiatives.