Conference on sea level rise on March 3

A conference on the implications of sea level rise will take place on March 3. KS Gravin

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will host Island Institute Marine Scientist Susie Arnold for a talk on sea level rise and its current and projected impacts on the region. The virtual conference will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. According to the land trust, the event will “provide insight into the science of sea level rise as well as the actions coastal communities are taking to reduce its effects”.

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 the trust.

Arnold works on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries dependent communities. She works with fishermen to diversify their activities to include shellfish farming and seaweed aquaculture, studies the environmental benefits of edible seaweed farming and helps coastal communities better understand the implications of sea level rise. of the sea so that they can make informed adaptation decisions.

Registration is free by visiting kennebecestuary.org/upcoming-events or by calling (207) 442-8400.

The 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.

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