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University of Maine Climate Office


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine



Climate Change in Maine

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  • This summary report, designed for educators and students, provides a review of recent climate reports focused on Maine and includes a number of colorful maps and graphs.
  • Links to the recent reports and a list of references are provided.
Teaching Tips


  • This report is thorough and well-organized.
  • The graphs and infographics provide data over long periods of time and some include projections into the future.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line and bar graph, pie chart, and map.
  • Students should understand the following terms: terrestrial, aquaculture, heat index, hydrologic, civil infrastructure, and subarctic.


  • This report could supplement a classroom discussion on how extreme heat events impact the health of children and elderly people.
  • This report could augment a lesson about the economic impacts of climate change.
  • For ELLs, it may be useful to define some words before these students dive into the reading.
  • This report could enhance a classroom discussion on what the American government can do to lower the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Maine Climate Office provides an overview of climate change in Maine in language that is accessible to teachers and students. The report focuses on changes to temperature and precipitation, as well as warming in the Gulf of Maine and sea level rise. Packed with clear figures, this resource helps the reader to see the myriad of impacts climate change can have. Throughout the resource, sources are cited and all of the references are either peer-reviewed or state and federal reports. This resource is clear, concise, and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
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