Climate Highlights from Around Maine: Climate Variability and Coastal Community Resilience: Testing a National Model of State-based Outreach

By Susan White

Maine Sea Grant, in partnership with Oregon Sea Grant, is conducting a two-year NOAA-funded research project to assess the resilience of coastal communities in the two states. The project has several objectives: to explore how climate variability and coastal hazards may be affecting the Maine coast and how these relate to coastal development; to encourage and facilitate collaboration among and between decision-makers and coastal property owners to determine and implement appropriate responses to climate variability on short and longer timescales; and to discover the barriers to taking action to prepare for or mitigate the effects of climate variability.

The ultimate goal of the project is to move behavior toward decisive action that results in coastal communities that are more resilient to climate variability at all scales.

Building a Resilient Coast DVD coverVisit the Coastal Community Resilience page on the Maine Sea Grant’s website to learn more about this project, watch videos, and download the technical report.