On Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, the Penobscot Watershed Conference brought together more than 300 scientists, researchers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, fishermen, government representatives, and others to discuss the state of the watershed past, present, and future: what needs to happen, what individuals might do, and recommendations for action. Thanks to the many sponsors who helped make the conference happen.
In 2015, we began a partnership with Maine-based O'Chang Studios to produce a series of animated videos about climate change in the Gulf of Maine, informed by our work on the Maine's Climate Future project.
"The Lobster Pot Heats Up" illustrates how climate change affects lobster and the lobster industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Sea Grant
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Shaleen Jain & Alex Gray
University of Maine