Maine’s Climate Future 2015 builds on the Maine’s Climate Future 2009 report (below); it is not intended as a comprehensive revision of all aspects of the original report. This update focuses on highlights of our understanding in 2015 of past, present, and future trends in key indicators of a changing climate specific to Maine, and recent examples of how Maine people are experiencing these changes. Produced in partnership with the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.
Maine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment (18.5 MB) Maine Sea Grant produced this report, the first statewide assessment of climate change in Maine, with the Climate Change Institute and scientists throughout the University and state. Maine Policy Review also published a summary article in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue.
Outcomes of the Maine's Climate Future effort
The report, requested by Governor Baldacci and delivered in February 2009, prompted the state legislature to initiate a climate change adaptation stakeholder process, coordinated by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Based in part on needs identified in that process, Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension partnered with the Climate Change Institute and the Maine State Climatologist to create Maine Climate News, an online resource for statewide weather and climate updates, research descriptions, and news.