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To provide A2C2 trainees with rich opportunities to develop research projects, we have established three general research themes that integrate the core program theme of adaptation to ACC across various sectors of the core disciplines:

Addressing threats of abrupt climate change (ACC) to global security

U.S. military and foreign aid operations are intricately linked to climate change in that decisions of where, why and how these operations will be executed depend strongly upon changes in local and regional climate. Research in this arena focuses on improving climate and environmental forecasting and informing global security policy.

Sustaining ecosystem services under ACC

Climate change can induce state changes in ecosystems, dramatically altering ecosystem services such as food and fiber production, carbon storage, fish production, drinking water quantity and quality, and coastal erosion reduction. Research in this area focuses on understanding the response of ecosystems to ACC and informing environmental policy modifications at local, regional, and global scales.

Adapting economic, social, political, and ideological systems to ACC

This theme focuses on the nature and magnitude of environmental transitions, and the success of policies and societal perspectives in embracing the necessary cultural, economic and policy initiatives to achieve sustainability. Research in this area will examine the social science factors that help or hinder policy development and implementation.

A2C2 Research in the Spotlight

Read or hear about abrupt glacial retreat in Greenland.


Read about a Collaborative Immersion Project focused on the impacts of melting glaciers in Peru.


Read about a Collaborative Immersion Project focused on lobster shell disease, abrupt climate change, and the protection of Maine’s iconic fishery.


Read about a Collaborative Immersion Project that brought UMaine scientists together with K – 12 teachers to improve climate-change instruction in Maine schools.  Click here to see coverage in the Bangor Daily News.


Read about the work being done by Dr. Jasmine Saros (A2C2 IGERT Program Director) and IGERT trainees Kate Warner and Erin Hayes-Pontius to investigate the ecological effects of a rapidly changing climate on arctic lakes in western Greenland.


Learn about A2C2 trainee Jeff Martin’s work investigating connections between ACC and bison body size.


Watch a video about A2C2 trainee Dulcinea Groff’s field research in the Falkland Islands.


Read about Dr. Jacquelyn Gill’s research on ecosystem protection and restoration.


Watch local media coverage of work being done by Dr. Brian Olsen and IGERT trainee Maureen Correll to assess the effects of Hurricane Sandy on coastal marshes.


Read a Wall Street Journal article about a new project to monitor water quality and clarity in Acadia National Park’s iconic Jordan Pond.  Click here to learn more about the role of UMaine and the A2C2 IGERT in this project.


Watch a WLBZ2 news story on rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine, with commentary by Dr. Andrew Pershing.


Learn how Dr. Catherine West, assistant professor of anthropology and climate change, has used oxygen isotopes in Pacific cod otoliths to reconstruct Little Ice Age ocean conditions and to assess the relationship among climate, fish biogeography and human foraging activity in the Gulf of Alaska.