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Climate Change Institute

Maine CLAS Conference



A Climate Change Institute conference

(Maine Climate Adaptation and Sustainability)

Building a Framework and Platform for Climate Adaptation and Sustainability (CLAS) Planning for Maine Communities.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wells Conference Center, University of Maine


Register on-line here - (limited to 300 attendees)

Following the conference a video of the proceedings will be available for viewing online

Links to Reanalyzer, CLAS Layers, 10 Green and related sites



The University of Maine's Climate Change Institute and associated partners have unique expertise and research tools of considerable value in developing Climate Adaptation and Sustainability (CLAS) plans for Maine communities.

CLAS planning can also serve as a model for other national and international communities. Expertise and tools will be introduced, shared and expanded through a conference focused on building a Web-based framework and a Google Earth-based platform for Maine community CLAS planning.




PDF available online

8:00-8:15 a.m.

Welcome Address

Presenter: Susan J. Hunter, President, University of Maine


8:15-8:30 a.m.

Rational for Meeting

Presenter: Paul A. Mayewski, Professor/Director, Climate Change Institute; Distinguished Maine Professor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences; School of Marine Sciences; School of Policy and International Affairs, University of Maine


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Maine's Climate Future 2014: Our Physical and Chemical Climate, Ecosystems and Vulnerability

Presenter:  Ivan J. Fernandez, Professor of Soil Science; Distinguished Maine Professor, School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine


9:30-9:45 a.m.



9:45-10:45 a.m.

Tools to Assess Vulnerability, Adaptation and Sustainability

Presenter: Sean D. Birkel, Research Assistant Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine


10:45-11:30 a.m.

Monitoring, Assessing and Implementing Change at Your Scale of Interest

Presenter: Esperanza J. Stancioff, Climate Change Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



12:30-1:30 p.m.

Adaptation and Sustainability Incentives (Maine based)

Presenter: Caroline L. Noblet, Assistant Professor School of Economics and Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Adaptation and Sustainability Scenario Planning

Presenter: John F. Mahon, John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy and Professor of Management, Maine Business School, University of Maine 


2:30-2:50 p.m.



2:50-5 p.m.

Adaptation and Sustainability Plausible Scenario Workshops


Meeting Conclusion

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Maine CLAS afternoon breakout sessions will consist of workshops specifically related to the geographical areas represented in the Maine Climate Divisions map below (Northern Maine, Southern Interior Maine, and Coastal Maine).



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