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.

R-12-08 Coastal infrastructure resilience in a changing climate Catherine Schmitt Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:53

Esperanza Stancioff
University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Sea Grant
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572

Shaleen Jain & Alex Gray
University of Maine

Nirajan Dhakal
Auburn University

DV-14-02 Metal Accumulation by Seaweeds at the Callahan Mine Superfund Site

Ian Medeiros
College of the Atlantic

Nishanta Rajakaruna
College of the Atlantic

Seaweeds harvested and grown off the Maine coast support a strong and expanding seafood industry. Marine macroalgae have many unique characteristics, including the ability to absorb or bioaccumulate heavy metals. Whether or not these metals are available to consumers or have toxic effects is unclear. There also is interest around the world in the use of marine algae as indicators of environmental pollution.