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Earth and Oceanographic Science

The Gulf of Maine in a Changing Climate

June 12-13, 2012

The Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science and Bowdoin College are sponsoring a two-day workshop focused on the observed trends and variability in the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the Gulf of Maine. Scientists have been making continuous observations of in the Gulf of Maine region for decades, ranging from hydrology to circulation, nutrients to fisheries, and have identified notable and portent trends and shifts. Rarely do we have the opportunity to gather, share and discuss our observations with an eye to predicting future characteristics. This workshop provides a forum for such discussions. The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • bring together experts on the region to share their long term investigations with other experts, students and interested participants
  • provide a forum for discussion of the trends that have been observed in the region and predictions for the future;
  • foster collaborations among participants that may not have existed to date.

Workshop Structure

The workshop will consist of invited lectures, the purpose of which is to introduce the major themes from the perspective of time series observations, contributed posters in all relevant areas, and group discussions. The daily schedule is found here.

River Basins

The 25 river basins that comprise the Gulf of Maine watershed (http://web.mit.edu/jdevans/gomaine.gif).


Topography and bathymetry of the Gulf of Maine regions (Roworth and Signell, 1998). http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1998/of98-801/