Climate Resiliency

There are an overwhelming number of online tools that promise to provide guidance and information. Some of these online tools are extremely complex and require modeling experience, but some are accessible, relatively low-cost, and provide immediate answers to questions. The question is how to provide useful information to smaller communities in New England that have limited resources and time to devote to sifting through the growing array of on-line tools.

In response to that need, we synthesized the array of online tools that smaller communities around the nation, and particularly in New England, may find to be helpful. These tools include guidelines, models and visualization tools, communication guidelines, financing adaption measures, and case studies.

Click here for Tools & Resources about climate change.

New challenges arise from weather events that are driven by a less stable climate. The key difference between what communities already plan for and climate adaptation planning is the level of uncertainty about how impacts may change in the future and the potentially enormous and devastating damages that a community may sustain.

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps (2016) presents an overview of that task, with links to the rapidly expanding guidelines and tools available to local governments and a suggested way of thinking about this responsibility as an extension of what local governments are already doing. See the executive summary and read the climate report.

We are constantly updating this website, and posting new resources as they are developed. If you do not see what you are looking, please contact us anytime!

For more information about this program, please contact us at efc@maine.edu.