Extension Projects

Cost-Efficient Adaptation Planning in the North Atlantic Catherine Schmitt Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:14

Esperanza Stancioff is part of a team of NOAA and Sea Grant representatives targeting local municipal officials in the North Atlantic region to provide them with real-world examples from other towns and counties’ efforts to increase resilience to hazards, including sea-level rise, inundation, flooding, and storm surge. Four towns in each state from Maine to Virginia have been interviewed about adaptation actions, results, and costs. The project is funded by a NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team and Sea Grant Collaboration Grant, 2011-2013.

Understanding Potential Effects of Ocean Acidification Catherine Schmitt Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:03

Marine Extension Team members are positioned to assist Maine’s fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders as they begin exploring issues related to ocean acidification and other climate-related changes in Maine's coastal waters, including participation in the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network.

Planning for a Changing Climate: A Participatory Approach to Fishing Community Adaptation Catherine Schmitt Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:55

Changes in climate are placing pressure on Atlantic fisheries and the communities they support. Using a participatory modeling process, this project brings together local stakeholders in the town of South Thomaston, Maine, to characterize community vulnerability and identify actions intended to increase community resilience.

Coastal Community Adaptation Strategies in a Changing Climate Catherine Schmitt Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:49

Building on several projects related to municipal management of extreme rainfall events (funded by National Sea Grant and NSF EPSCoR Sustainability Solutions Initiative), we are working with the City of Ellsworth to address increasing extreme rainfall conditions and prevent flooding and erosion. We have developed user-friendly models that use GIS and Google Earth to show stormwater infrastructure vulnerabilities and help the community assess and prioritize emergency management needs.

Beach Pages Jake Aman Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:50

Each of the beaches that are monitored by our volunteers has unique geological and historical characteristics.  Information about these beaches is spread across scientific publications, historical collections, and local knowledge. To learn more about a beach visit its page:

Gooch's Beach, Kennebunk

Higgins Beach, Scarborough


Higgins Beach Jake Aman Fri, 03/21/2014 - 16:35

Higgins Beach in the 1930's.  (Photo Credit: higginsbeachproperties.com)

Gooch's Beach Jake Aman Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:42

Goochs Beach Geology

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism Workshop Video Natalie Springuel Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:02

Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Tourism Workshops
December 2013

Workshop Video (on Vimeo, produced by the Island Institute)

Using Temperature Data from the Maine Shellfish Monitoring Program to Help in Siting Shellfish Aquaculture Farms

Developed by Maine Sea Grant and Maine Department of Marine Resources

WHAT temperature data are available from the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources?
The Maine Dept. of Marine Resources records shoreline temperatures along the entire coastline, through its water quality sampling program and the volunteer phytoplankton monitoring program. These data are available upon request. This page is designed to help current and prospective aquaculturists access this data, for consideration in siting their farms.

Final Program - 2013 Maine Beaches Conference Catherine Schmitt Fri, 02/22/2013 - 10:31

Date | July 12, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location | Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME
Registration information is now available.