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A Climate Change Institute Conference

Building a Framework and Platform for Climate Adaptation and Sustainability (CLAS) Planning for Maine Communities

Climate Adaptation and SustainabilityThursday, October 23, 2014
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wells Conference Center
University of Maine

Registration required. Limited to 300 attendees. Conference proceedings will also be live streamed

The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and associated partners have unique expertise and research tools of considerable value in developing Climate Adaptation and Sustainability (CLAS) plans for Maine communities.

CLAS planning can also serve as a model for other national and international communities. Expertise and tools will be introduced, shared and expanded through a conference focused on building a Web-based framework and a Google Earth-based platform for Maine community CLAS planning.

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Climate Change Adaptation in Maine: Focus on Ellsworth

Since 2010 our coast-wide research and outreach initiatives through the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the UMaine George Mitchell Center have allowed our research team to explore the impacts, vulnerabilities, and potential solutions with municipalities based on a changing climate. The purpose of NOAA’s National Sea Grant Coastal Communities Climate Adaptation Initiative (CCCAI) grant is to help enhance planning for climate adaptation in coastal communities and meet the climate-related challenges that threaten their economic and social safety. The primary objectives are to provide communities with sufficient information to consider alternatives, enable them to make well-informed decisions and to develop and implement customized solutions that can be used as models for other communities with similar climate-related problems.

The following is a summary of selected information outputs and tools, which were co-developed with the City of Ellsworth in considering the vulnerabilities associated with extreme rainfall events in a changing climate.

  • Ellsworth Citizen Education on Stormwater (coming soon!): Provided Ellsworth with information to educate and engage with residents about important stormwater issues

Related Information

Team Members:

SSI: Maine's Sustainable Solutions Initiative, Senator George J. Mitchell Center Maine EPSCoR NSF NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Maine Sea Grant: Marine Science for Maine People University of Maine Cooperative Extension logo

Supported by National Science Foundation award EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.