Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine

Outer Casco Bay

In the last 15 years, the Gulf of Maine has warmed many times faster than the global average. Additionally the Gulf of Maine is experiencing a significant and notable sea level rise already challenging its working waterfront and municipal services. 


How Ocean Currents Work (and How We Are Breaking Them)


A fun, silly and scientifically accurate 12 minute summary of how Ocean Currents work, and their effects on the North Atlantic.


Reckoning with Climate Change and The Gulf of Maine

Philip Shelley, with additional reporting by Sarah DeLage, Christopher Rose, and Daniel Lambert, University of New England Magazine, 2020 Edition.

A collection of synopses, including topics such as the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine, sea level rise, the loss of coastal buffer zones, the green crab invasion, societal impacts and a discussion of work toward changing our climate denial mindset.

Scientific Assessment of Climate Change and Its Effects in Maine

Maine Climate Council, August 2020.

A report produced by more than 50 scientists from the State of Maine that summarizes how climate change has already impacted Maine and how it might continue to affect the state in the future, including sea level rise projections to 2100 and an initial estimate of the contribution of Maine’s forests to the state’s annual carbon budget.

Effects of Sea Level Rise on Maine

Natural Resources Council of Maine.

A brief summary of what causes sea level rise, predictions, economic and environmental impacts, and preventative actions, with links to maps of Maine communities affected by sea level rise.

Temperature and Circulation Conditions in the Gulf of Maine in 2050 and their Expected Impacts

The Gulf of Maine in 2050 Symposium Working Paper.

A working paper prepared for the Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium, intended to inform discussion at the meeting.

Climate Change: Ocean Heat Content

LuAnn Dahlman and Rebecca Lindsey, 2020.

Article summarizes how heat moves, measuring ocean heat and changes over time. Includes an interactive graph shows differences from the long-term average global ocean heat content and additional resources

"The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans."  From Reckoning with Climate Change and the Gulf of Maine, UNE Magazine.