The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged sea level rise

  • Teaching about Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

    | March 11, 2017

    We are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering a free workshop that will give educators data-driven climate change activities to bring back to their classes. The workshop will train up to ten educators in reserve-style environmental monitoring, "coastal blue carbon" concepts, and ways to understand and address climate change.

  • A Warming Planet

    | July 10, 2014

    Climate Reality Project's Allen Armstrong visited the Reserve last night to deliver an information-packed presentation for our Climate Stewards Lecture Series. Eight years after Al Gore's award-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Allen provided an updated version of the movie's slideshow. Among the many facts he shared:

  • Greenland is Melting

    | May 30, 2014

    Gordon HamiltonDr. Gordon Hamilton of the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute presented his "Why the Arctic Matters" lecture on Wednesday evening, providing attendees with a first-hand account of his research findings on Greenland's ice sheets. He first explained that the Arctic is a system, connected to the rest of the world through its oceans. What happens in the Arctic affects life in the Gulf of Maine. His research findings are alarming.

  • Love Is in the Light and in the Water

    | February 9, 2014

    Photo by Sofi Hindmarch, Delta Farmland Trust

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune and Making It At Home Sunday editions, 2/9/2014.

    Recent snows to the contrary, believe me when I say the sun is already stronger this month. Higher in the sky every day, the sun hangs out longer and illuminates what was, last month, in shadow. For those afflicted by Seasonal Affective Disorder, the hardest days have passed. As we rebound from winter’s darkest depths, springs begins to stir in the hormonal systems of other species, particularly those who mate seasonally. Chicken-keepers, awake -- egg production should, the science says, begin to naturally increase. Birders, delight -- as the sun returns, testosterone blooms with it and male birds will grow more colorful and vocal in preparation for their season of love. (The technical term for these seasonal environmental cues is the wonderful German word zeitgeber, or “time giver,” coined by Jürgen Aschoff, a founding father in the field of chronobiology.) Chemically, love is arriving. …how did St. Valentine know?

  • A Thanksgiving Toast to the Coast

    | November 23, 2013

    Aerial image looking south toward Wells Bay

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/24/13:

    Many of the staff of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm were in West Virginia this past week for the annual conference of the 28 national estuarine research reserves. Researchers, educators, conservationists, land managers and even evangelists like me pulled ourselves away from our coastal homes to share ideas, hammer out new projects for 2014, and do some good old-fashioned colleague schmoozing.

    I flew out of Portland on a sparkling, "unlimited visibility" Monday afternoon. My Southwest flight passed three miles above the Wells Reserve, giving me the rare opportunity to get a live bird's eye view of our little corner of the Maine coast. Looking down, I smiled quietly over how beautiful and tranquil the place looked.

  • Tour Our Resilient Coast

    Wells Reserve Contributor | July 10, 2013

    Old Orchard Beach Dune RestorationOn Saturday June 29, 2013, stakeholders in Southern Maine participated in a full day field trip hosted by Maine Sea Grant that highlighted techniques being implemented by property owners to become more resilient in the face of climate-related impacts.

  • Choosing a Response to Sea Level Rise

    | November 29, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy approaches New York City (NOAA photo)Unprecedented flooding in New York City rekindled the national debate regarding climate change, sea level rise, and the fate of coastal communities. While the deniers and alarmists take turns needling one another no end, many others have begun to unify around meaningful planning for an uncertain future.

  • Sea level rise redux: Using what we know

    Wells Reserve Contributor | July 1, 2002

    It is probably a rare coastal beachfront property owner who is not aware that beaches are dynamic systems that erode and accrete in response to storms, sediment supply, rising sea level, and the proximity of sea walls, jetties, and other forms of coastal "armor." Many beachfront owners are also aware that "natural" barrier beaches and their dune systems are able to persist in the face of sea level rise by transgressing, or migrating shoreward.