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  • Maine Websites and Databases

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

With a mission to “maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations,” the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment hosts a variety of physical and biological monitoring programs in the Gulf of Maine. The Ecosystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP), a sub-committee of the council, presents interactive maps locating monitoring programs related to climate change.

Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS)

GoMOOS offers real-time and archived oceanographic data reported from buoys throughout the Gulf of Maine.

  • Nationwide Websites and Databases

 NOAA Climate Services

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Services website presents a hub of groundbreaking news in climate science, with access to data libraries and interactive visualizations of Earth’s climate system.

National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

The National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a unified effort by federal, state, and tribal government agencies to provide a ‘framework for cooperative climate response’ to changes in our national natural resources. The Strategy is still under development, and will be publicly released in June 2012. Meanwhile, check out the above informational website for background information and progress.

Climate Central

Climate Central is a nonprofit science and media organization created to provide clear and objective information about climate change and its potential solutions, founded by Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, and Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator. A prestigious group of scientists and journalists are involved in this project to “bridge the gap between scientific community and the public.” Their website may be useful in developing educational programs and materials. Sign up to receive updates on broadcasts and webcasts.

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and Media

Focusing on the social and political implications of climate science, a host of vibrant science writers and researchers regularly contribute articles to this forum.

The American College and University President’s Climate Commitment

In 2006, 12 college and university presidents in the U.S. drafted a commitment pledging to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions through a series of immediate and long-term actions. To date, nearly 700 presidents have signed the commitment and over 1200 institutions have submitted greenhouse gas inventories to the organization.

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

Over 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. contribute daily weather observations to this community-generated precipitation database. Cumulative reports are mapped out in real-time and are available to the public.

Latest data for atmospheric CO2 Keep track of atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

  • ‘Climate Highlights’ Resources

Ocean Acidification

NOAA: Ocean Acidification

Resources from the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board

Booklet: Starting with the Science


Hurricane Irene and Global Warming: a glimpse of the future?, The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert, August 28, 2011.

NOAA’s National Weather Service taking action to build a ‘Weather-ready’ nation, NOAA Climate Services, Chris Vaccaro, August 17, 2011.

U.S. cities try to adapt to climate change, USA Today, Wendy Koch, August 16, 2011.

Fighting Climate Change by Not Focusing on Climate Change, TIME Science, Bryan Walsh, July 26, 2011.

More Weight on Less Meat, The New York Times, Mark Bitman, July 18, 2011.

Natural Foodie: Island oasis serves as sustainable system of food production, The Portland Press Herald, Avery Yale Kamila, July 6, 2011.

Fastest sea-level rise in 2,100 years linked to climate change, USA TODAY, Wendy Koch, June 21, 2011.

NOAA Makes it Official: 2011 Among Most Extreme Weather Years in History, Scientific American, Lauren Morello, June 17, 2011.

Increase in Hurricane Numbers Due to Better Detection, Not Climate Change, Study Says, Climate Central (blog), Alyson Kenward, June 17, 2011.

Suppose the Sea Rises Five Feet, Wired News, Sheril Kirshenbaum, June 9, 2011.


An Introduction to Global Climate Change (PDF)

Prepared by members of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, this comprehensive fact sheet explains the basic scientific concepts behind global climate change in the past, present, and future.

Global Warming’s Six Americas 2011: An Audience Segmentation Analysis (PDF)

Aiming to strengthen public communication of climate change, the Yale Project on Climate Change and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication conduct an annual survey exploring how American adults perceive climate change. The results of the survey illuminate six distinct attitudes towards climate change within the American public, each of which are addressed in this report as a resource for climate educators and communicators.