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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.

The Maine Climate and Agricultural Network

The network was initiated by faculty at the University of Maine to increase communication and coordination among those working on issues related to climate change and agriculture. This 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.

Resources: ME CC Farm Response Factsheet

Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS)

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

Maine Ocean and Coastal Acidification Partnership

Coordinates the work of governmental agencies and private organizations and citizens who are studying and implementing means to reduce the impacts of or help adapt to ocean and coastal acidification.

University of Maine Climate and Forest Network

The University of Maine has significant expertise on climate and forest resources, which exists across academics units, centers, and institutes. This web portal is intended to serve as a point of access to these resources and encourage networking among university expertise as well as external stakeholders.

  • Regional Websites and Databases

The Northeast Climate Hub

Building on capacity within USDA to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners.

Northeast Coastal Acidification Network

Focuses on the waters from Long Island Sound to the Scotian Shelf, including the coastal waters of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Resilience and Adaptation in New England

This database catalogs activities in more than 100 jurisdictions in New England that are addressing flooding, heat, extreme weather events, sea level rise, and more. You can use the database to learn from others, research actions that are being taken at the state, regional or community level, or share actions that you are taking to address climate change.

  • 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


A Song of Ice (Greenland Is Melting) by E Kolbert, The New Yorker, October 24, 2016. The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open.


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.


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