Bath Land Trust to host marine scientist’s talk on sea level rise

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will host Dr. Susie Arnold, marine scientist at the Island Institute, to speak about the implications of sea level rise at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, via Zoom. Registration is mandatory. KS Gravino photo

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust plans to host Susie Arnold, marine scientist at the Island Institute, for a lecture on sea level rise and its current and projected impacts on our region.

The virtual conference will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 and will provide insight into the science of sea level rise as well as the actions coastal communities are taking to reduce its effects.

Participants can ask questions during the Q&A portion of the conference.

Arnold participates in the Maine Climate Council, which has determined that rising sea levels could impact 20,000 jobs, cause $17.5 billion in damage to coastal infrastructure and increase flooding tenfold by 2050 , according to a press release from the trust.

As a marine scientist at the Island Institute, Arnold works on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries-dependent communities. His areas of interest include working with fishers to diversify their businesses to include shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, researching the environmental benefits of edible seaweed farming, and helping coastal communities to better understand the implications of sea level rise so they can make informed adaptation decisions.

Arnold earned a master’s degree in marine policy and a doctorate in marine biology from the University of Maine.

The Bath-based Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a member-supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains 12 reserves for public enjoyment and has protected over 4,100 acres of land since its founding in 1989.

Registration is free and mandatory to receive the Zoom link of the presentation. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants upon registration.

For more information and to register, visit kennebecestuary.org/upcoming-events or call 207-442-8400.

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