Climate Change / Sea-level Rise

Most of the Conservation Commission’s projects reflect, respond to, or anticipate the effects of climate change and imminent sea level rise on our vulnerable coastal community.  As one community potentially severely affected by global warming, it is daunting to figure out how, on a local level, to ameliorate forces occurring on a much larger scale.  We try.

In 2015, the Conservation Commission produced a report on Georgetown’s vulnerability to climate change and sea level rise.  As part of the Comprehensive Planning process taking place in Georgetown from 2017-2019, we have taken stock of actions taken and progress made towards the 48 specific recommendations contained in the original report.  That update as approved at Georgetown’s 2019 Town Meeting is here:

You can read the full text of Georgetown’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan, as approved at Town Meeting June 15, 2019, at the Town website here:

Potential climate change impact maps

Maine Geological Survey Sea Level Rise/Storm Surge

NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

Potential Tidal Marsh Migration

Undeveloped Coastal Habitat after 1m Sea Level Rise

Resilient Land

The Nature Conservancy Resilient Coastal Sites

TNC Coastal Risk Explorer


Many thanks to Amanda Shearin, Wildlife Planner with Maine IF&W, for these links and for the excellent talk on climate change and local resilience she gave to us at Georgetown Historical Society on Aug. 19, 2019

Today’s national climate change news

(click image to download report)

Additional Resources

May 6, 2019 United Nations Report on climate change and biodiversity:

Maine Climate News