How Sea Level Rise Will Change Maine's Coast

Sep 20, 2019

The Nature Conservancy has a new "Coastal Risk Explorer" tool, which simulates the effects of sea level rise on coastal communities. In developing the tool, the team used a variety of datasets to show homes, roads, and emergency services that would be affected (flooded, blocked, cut off from access) with each additional foot of water. We’ll learn about the how the Nature Conservancy partnered with a Bowdoin College professor to create a “Social Vulnerability Index,” which helps identify areas along the coast with concentrations of people who would be most at risk in these scenarios. This show is scheduled to coincide with the UN Climate Change Summit and is part of a week-long reporting project Covering Climate Now by Maine Public and more than 300 other news outlets around the world.

 


 

Guests

Jeremy Bell, river and coastal restoration director, The Nature Conservancy in Maine

Margaret Cushing, planner, Cumberland Emergency Management Agency

Eileen Johnson (by phone), lecturer in environmental studies, Bowdoin College 

Democratic Rep. Lydia Blume of York (by phone), member, Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources

 

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