UNE Office of Communications produces documentary on climate change in the Gulf of Maine

Climate change documentary
Reckoning with Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine now widely available for showings

A documentary filmed, written, and produced by members of UNE’s Office of Communications is now available for showings in school classrooms throughout Maine and New England.

“Reckoning with Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine” premiered in primetime on Maine Public television in July.

It is now available on YouTube and Vimeo.

The documentary takes a look at several issues important to the state of Maine, including why the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the rest of the world’s oceans; the impact of climate change on the state’s lucrative lobster industry; the introduction of new creatures never seen in Maine waters before; the impact of erosion and flooding on Maine’s coastal communities; the difficulty government agencies face trying to keep up with changing regulations; the debate over whether scientists should become advocates; and what all of this will mean for future generations.

It features UNE scientists and faculty members from the School of Marine and Environmental Programs, including Charles Tilburg, Markus Frederich, Susan Farady, Pam Morgan, Meghan Daly, and Barry Costa-Pierce.

Also featured in the documentary are Rick Wahle of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, Peter Slovinsky of the U.S. and Maine Geological Survey, and Dan Chadbourne, local lobsterman and Saco Harbormaster.

The documentary is narrated by former NEWS CENTER Maine reporter Susan Kimball.

It is now available to all faculty members for use as an educational tool.