Sea level rise is one of the many effects of climate change that is already visible in Maine, a state with 120 coastal communities. By 2050, the state will likely see between 1.1 to 1.8 feet of sea level rise, en route to 3 to 4.6 feet of sea level rise by year 2100, according to the most recent projections by Maine climatologists.
To unpack what the rising sea level means for Maine communities and ecosystems, the Bangor Daily News hosted a virtual event on Aug. 13, bringing together five experts to share their work on the topic. The webinar was the first of four BDN Climate Conversations, which will help shape our coverage of climate issues.
The conversations bring together experts from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and local subject matter experts.
During the event, which drew 120 people, attendees posed questions about sea level rise to the panelists. Here are some of their biggest questions.