Gulf of Maine 2050 Overview

Gulf of Maine 2050 features a dynamic mix of learning opportunities, collaborative dialogue, and work sessions with a healthy dose of networking and fun.

Keynote Presentations

Visionary speakers set the stage by highlighting international perspectives on global drivers of change, and regional perspectives on changing climate in the Gulf of Maine.

Science Plenaries

Leading experts share cutting edge scientific knowledge about how the drivers of ocean and coastal acidification, sea level rise and storms, and warming waters are expected to impact conditions in the Gulf of Maine over the next 30 years.

Panel Discussions

Interactive panels focus on community, state, provincial and regional challenges, current efforts and opportunities to promote coastal and ocean resiliency. Panel topics will include adaptation case studies and / or innovative regulatory and policy approaches.

Lightning Talks

Fast-paced 5-minute talks highlight impacts that changes in the Gulf of Maine are having on community, industry and governance in Canada and the United States. Potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Community:  planning, infrastructure, health, social justice, mitigation
  • Industry:  fisheries, coastal and marine based tourism, real estate, energy, transportation, insurance
  • Governance:  local, regional – state and provincial, federal
Breakout Working Groups

Session I:  Conduct gap analysis to determine what we are prepared for and what we are not prepared for in the context of future conditions in the Gulf of Maine.
Session II:  Identify necessary policy and management actions, and research priorities in the context of a changing Gulf of Maine.

Poster Sessions with Happy Hour

Afternoon poster sessions provide a unique opportunity for networking and learning. Presenters highlight innovative work that reflects the latest efforts to understand and adapt to changing conditions in the Gulf of Maine.

Wrap Up / Next Steps for Resilience

Identify key findings from the symposium and next steps needed to promote regional resilience for Gulf of Maine natural resources, communities and the economy.

After Hours

Join colleagues and friends for special night-time events that combine social time with fun learning opportunities and unique Portland, Maine explorations.

Gulf of Maine 2050 is hosted by: