Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience

Climate Change Impacts in Maine and the Region

Climate change, the long-term broad patterns of weather, is happening in Maine. It is well documented[1] by more frequent and stronger storm events, higher tides, hotter summers, greater precipitation, shifting ranges of plant and animal species, expanded ranges of southern pests and disease, rising sea levels and acidification of the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Click here to download the 100+ year trends (1895-2013) in average temperature and precipitation for Maine and Coastal Maine. Not only is Maine experiencing higher temperatures and more precipitation, each is more variable especially in the coastal zone.

People and Nature - Adapting to Changing ClimateThe short and long term impacts associated with climate change are significant and far-reaching.

Some changes may bring more tourism to Maine; increase forest productivity (and carbon sequestration), and increased variety and security in food production.

All of these changes must be monitored and strategies adopted to adapt and reduce our vulnerability to their most dangerous effects.


[1] Maine’s Climate Future An Initial Assessment; February, 2009. University of Maine; People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate - Charting Maine’s Course, February, 2010 – a Summary of the Report Presented by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the 124th Legislature