The Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative (SMCC) Climate Change Observatory Network (CCON) is a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long-term climate change trends. Using participatory tools and collaborative partnerships, the program brings people with various perspectives and knowledge together to co-learn about climate change and adaptation. The CCON encourages participation in climate change study, develops an interest and community ownership in climate action, and inspires collaboration amongst community stakeholders to develop adaptation strategies and solutions.
SMCC partners with environmental organizations, municipalities, universities, schools and other community stakeholders to build out Climate Change Observatory (CCO) project sites. Each CCO project site is unique to the local context, geography, and the changes being experienced in that area. CCO project sites document a range of observations including erosion and sea level rise, storm surge and the effects of the ocean on the wetland complex, marsh migration, water levels, vegetation changes, changes in land use over time, restoration efforts: native plants/re-wilding, invasive species management and more.
Contact the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative if you are interested in being part of the Climate Change Observatory Network in Maine.