- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - A research center dedicated to helping coastal communities prepare for rising sea levels and more severe weather has opened at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton.

The official launch of the Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation took place on Friday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says that after witnessing several severe weather events in recent years the state has to find ways to reduce the risks posed by extreme weather.

Support for the institute has included $2.5 million from a recent court settlement involving environmental violations but UConn and the state are looking for more money.

UConn President Susan Herbst says the institute will help Connecticut make its coastline and coastal communities more resilient.

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