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Climate Update – Year in Review: 2016

Two stand-out weather events impacted Maine in 2016: a record warm December-February winter season, and drought for much of the year across the southern half of the state. Read more.


Research Highlights

Lost to the Sea: Maine’s Ancient Coastal Heritage

Climate-driven sea-level rise and coastal erosion threaten ancient climate records stored within over 2000 shell middens along the coast of Maine. These middens provide a valuable snapshot of environmental conditions and archive a record of of human coastal adaptation for the same period. Jacquelynn Miller, a graduate student at the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and Dr. Alice Kelley, an instructor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and an associate research professor in the Climate Change Institute, are using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to characterizing these important sites and quantify the risk of erosion. Read more about their important research here.

Maine Climate and Agriculture

The purpose of the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network, initiated by faculty at the University of Maine, is to increase communication and coordination among those working on issues related to climate and agriculture. The Maine Climate and Ag website provides an initial portal to some of the climate-related activities at the University of Maine, and serves as an invitation to those with an interest in this topic to participate. See their new fact sheet: Farm Response to Changing Weather.

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