ABCD Events

Upcoming Events

Storm Surge in the Penobscot Bay and River: Observations and Lessons Learned

Thursday September 16th at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Preston Spicer

The Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition are once again co-sponsoring the upcoming fall and winter series of programs on Zoom.

Storm surges can be a threat to life and property in coastal regions during tropical and mid-latitude storm events. The State of Maine is most prone to storm surges resulting from mid-latitude winter storms, typically called “nor’easters”. When nor’easters track far enough inland, there is often a strong wind directed from the south over coastal Maine which enhances surge in Maine’s many estuaries.

We present observations of surge during two of these “windstorms” in one of the states largest estuaries: the Penobscot Bay and River system. We discuss the unique citizen scientist monitored water level network, which was created to capture these observations, as well as some interesting findings from each storm.

A presentation with Preston Spicer, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maine

Register for the Zoom link here

Hosted by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Maine Won’t Wait: How Maine is Taking Action on Climate Change with Dr. Cassaundra Rose

Thursday October 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Dr. Cassaundra Rose is a senior science analyst and the Maine Climate Council coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Dr. Rose will talk about how climate change is expected to affect Maine, the state climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait, and how Governor Mills and the Legislature have advanced significant, bipartisan legislation and funding for climate action this year.

Register for the Zoom link here.

This program is also part of the ongoing series of programs for the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues.

Hosted by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Past Events

Hot Enough For You? A community discussion on extreme heat

Thursday August 26th at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Belfast Maine community discussion on extreme heatJoin us for a Climate Conversation about extreme heat:

HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?

It’s going to get hotter.

We are hosting a public discussion on Thursday 8/26 to hear how you have gotten through the extreme heat this summer, and to hear your concerns and suggestions for the future.

  • Do you or someone in your family suffer medically from the heat?
  • Are you concerned about a neighbor or friend?
  • Do you have air conditioning? Can you get to a cool place on very hot days?
  • Should the Belfast community take any steps to prepare for future periods of extreme heat?

Join by Zoom at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021 to share your ideas and experiences.

Zoom link (there is no need to pre-register for this event):
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/87957820771

Click here to download an information sheet on heat and the human body.

Can't attend the discussion, but want to share your thoughts or concerns? Email us at abcd@belfastlibrary.org.

Hosted by the Belfast Climate Crisis Committee and All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues (ABCD), a project of the Belfast Free Library.


Farmer's Market conversations: How is climate change impacting you?

Friday August 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Belfast Farmer's Market (at Waterfall Arts)

Calling all Belfast residents! How is climate change impacting you, your family and your community?The ABCD project will have a table at the Belfast Farmer's Market on Friday, August 27th. Come say hello, learn more about the project, and share how climate change is impacting you, your family and the Belfast area community. Bring your photos, videos, and stories to add to the ABCD website!

Concerned about extreme heat days? Worried about sea level rise? Afraid of ticks and brown tail moths? Confused about community solar? Curious about heat pumps? Wondering about impacts for farmers, fishermen, foresters, or others?

We invite you to share your concerns, observations, and hopes about the impacts of climate change in our region and our response to it.

Location: Belfast Farmer's Market, Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast


Follow-up Conversation for "Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science"

Thursday June 24 at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Join us for a Climate Conversation and to learn more about the ABCD project:
Register for the 6:30pm zoom link here.

“Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science”

Tuesday, June 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom

The first ABCD program, “Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science” was presented in collaboration with the Climate Crisis Committee on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. View the presentation here on YouTube.

Gayle Bowness, Coastal Resilience Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute joined us to explain why sea level rise in the Gulf of Maine is causing more cities and towns along the coast to experience frequent flooding.

She also shared exciting updates to the Coastal Flooding Citizen Science Project that was launched in Belfast in 2020.