Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience

Workgroup Information

Primary Contacts

In Aroostook County:

Joella Theriault

In Washington County:

Judy East, Tora Johnson

Using state of the art Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tools and the most recent data for the Washington - Aroostook region this task will provide decision makers with the tools they need to prepare and respond to the impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events.

Desired Outcomes

  • A comprehensive evaluation of likely climate change impacts to the region
  • Understand and predict infrastructure impacts and develop hazard mitigation responses
  • Alignment of federal planning and investment resources that mirror the local and regional strategies for achieving sustainable communities
  • Regional and community initiatives that will reflect common direction based on a common vision

Progress to Date

Work on Climate Change and Infrastructure Resilience in Washington County is supported by a stong partnership between WCCOG and the University of Maine at Machias GIS Service Center. While there are region-wide impacts from Climate change in Maine and the Region that are common to both counties, Washington County efforts had a primary focus on storm surge scenario modelling and climate vulnerability assessment.

Washington County Climate Vulnerability Assessment (11.7MB PDF) NOTE Town-Specific CVAs are under development for towns who attended the 5 bay-specific Climate Vulnerability Assessment meetings in the Fall of 2013

Washington County Climate Vulnerability Assessments and on-line storm surge scenarios

New England Collaborations

Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts

Aroostook County Climate Change Impacts