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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.


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Multivariate Modeling of Ticks, Climate, and Disease in Maine

Spring weather is driving Mainers and visitors outside to work and recreate, but it also signifies the start of tick season. This is an unfortunate combination as ticks are being found in greater numbers and across larger regions of Maine, making tick-borne diseases of increasing concern across the state. Susan Elias, a PhD student at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, is working to improve multivariate modeling to inform strategies for adapting to the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases in Maine. Read more about Elias and her tick modeling research.

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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