Unified Interior Regions

Maine

Maine is the northernmost and least densely populated state in the contiguous United States east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged rocky coastline; low rolling mountains; heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways. Geologists describe this type of landscape as a "drowned coast", where a rising sea level has invaded former land features, creating bays out of valleys.

New England Water Science Center - Maine

New England Water Science Center - Maine

196 Whitten Rd
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207 622-8201

New England Water

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Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

The original national coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment was motivated by expected accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) and the uncertainty in the response of the coastline to SLR. This research was conducted between 1999 and 2001, and is currently being updated using new data sources and methodology. This original study was part of the ...

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this task include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

Date published: May 15, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Cosgrove 20170515

NOAA's National Water Model (NWM) represents the next generation of river forecasting by NOAA. The NWM is based on the National Hydrography Dataset at a scale of 1:100,000 and is being developed to provide continuous modeled river flows for all 2 million plus river reaches in the model.

Date published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Survival and Recruitment of Common Eiders in the Gulf of Maine

The dresseri race of common eiders breed from central Labrador to southern Maine and winter from Newfoundland to Massachusetts. The breeding population in the mid-1980s was estimated to be 71,000 pairs, of those 40% were in Maine. In Maine, nesting eiders increased from a few pairs in the early 1900s to approximately 28,000 pairs in 1989. Although the number of birds seems to be stable, the...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
Date published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Response of Avian Community to Forest Management on Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

The Challenge: Research goals focus on measurement of direct effects of various habitat management techniques for game species on neotropical migratory birds. Analyses are ongoing to determine if avian species richness, diversity, and relative abundance of land birds has changed at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge as a result of habitat management; determine if the structure of the avian...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
Date published: December 1, 2016
Status: Completed

Ground-Truthing After the M4.0 Earthquake in Southern Maine, October 16, 2012

Release Date: DECEMBER 1, 2016

Old-fashioned interviews are compared to Did You Feel It? responses for this earthquake.

Contacts: Lisa A Wald, Alex Ferguson
Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

Date published: April 14, 2016

Flood Science- Northeast Region Capability Team

One of the critical roles that USGS personnel play in their day-to-day activities is to respond in a timely and professional manner to floods that can occur at any time of the year and for a variety of reasons. The Flood Science Capability Team examines the cause and effect...

Date published: April 13, 2016

Understanding Coastal Change

Scientists perform a range of studies that document, assess, and model coastal change, risk, and vulnerability. Studies include historical shoreline change, the geologic structure and history of coastal regions, sediment supply and transport, sea-level rise, and how extreme storm events affect rates and impacts of coastal change.

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February 29, 2016

Maine Cooperative Snow Survey

This video provides some background information and presents the general procedures associated with the Maine Cooperative Snow Survey.

 

Special thanks to Jim Caldwell with the USGS, Maine Office and Amber Whittaker and Dan Locke with the Maine Geological Survey for developing the scripts and story board, and serving as on-screen talent. 
 

Beehive Lagoon - Acadia National Park, Maine: View from the Sand Beach
September 19, 2015

Beehive Lagoon - Acadia National Park, Maine

Beehive Lagoon - Acadia National Park, Maine: View from the Sand Beach, September 19, 2015

Image: Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Pollinator Research
April 30, 2015

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Pollinator Research

Powerline sites with the  trap arrangement (small bowls with soapy water hanging from a frame; the bees are attracted to and get entrapped in the water).

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Pollinator Research
April 30, 2015

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Pollinator Research

A Ph.D. student setting up a trap to capture bees.

Attribution: Ecosystems
March 31, 2015

St John River Ice Jam

Ice Out 2015 on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine.

March 31, 2015

Maine Ice Out 2015 Kennebec River

Ice Out 2015 on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine

February 24, 2015

Under The Ice

On February 26, Nick Stasulis and Charlie Culbertson visited USGS station 01054200 Wild River at Gilead, Maine to make a streamflow measurement through the ice. For these measurements, 20-30 holes are drilled through the ice and a current meter (the spinning yellow cups) is used to measure velocity. River depths and distance across the channel are also measured. After this

Image: Sailboat in Gulf of Maine
July 7, 2014

Sailboat in Gulf of Maine

A sailboat sails in the Gulf of Maine beyond a granite outcropping at Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park

Attribution:
Image: Salazar, Collins: Economic Benefits for Maine
July 25, 2009

Salazar, Collins: Economic Benefits for Maine

June Devisfruto, Schoodic Education and Research Coordinator, briefs Secretary Salazar and Senator Collins about youth outreach and education at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. This photo was taken on the 2nd floor patio of the historic Rockefeller Building on the campus of the NPS Schoodic Research and Education Center. Left to right - Dan Wenk, Acting

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Attribution:
St. John River threatens to swamp a steel bridge.
April 29, 2008

St. John River at Ft. Kent, Maine Flood 2008

Understanding the forces that influence major floods can help inform the design of more resilient infrastructure. Image shows a major flood on the St. John River on the border of Maine, United States and New Brunswick, Canada, April 29, 2008. This site was part of the study. USGS Public Domain.

Image: Snow Falls - Maine
April 17, 2007

Snow Falls - Maine

As the Little Androscoggin River flows through western Maine it eventually reaches Snow Falls, a 25 ft cascading waterfall in the town of West Paris. 

This photo was taken during a high flow event at the falls. The USGS monitors the Little Androscoggin River upstream of the falls at station 01057000

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT
July 23, 2020

This challenge has already seen close to 300 edits since it was launched last week - nice work!

Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
July 21, 2020

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT NEW
July 16, 2020

It’s rapidly approaching back-to-school season with summer half way over.  To help our volunteers prepare for the transition, TNMCorps has launched a new mapping challenge for schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
July 16, 2020

Almost 150 city/town hall points were added since last week - nice work!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
July 9, 2020

Over 80 points have been added since last week!  Keep up the good work!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
July 2, 2020

This challenge is seeing some progress with the northwestern corner of VT filling in!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
June 25, 2020

Approximately 80 edits have come in since this challenge was launched! This includes ~70 new points! Nice work!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT NEW
June 19, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenges head to New England with a new challenge for city/town halls in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont!

USGS
September 6, 2019

USGS Microbial Ecologist Charlie Culbertson and Maine DEP Ecologist Jeremy Deeds met with members of the media on Thursday September 5th at Sabattus Pond while sampling for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

map of northeastern U.S. with clusters of 3 colored dots and a smaller bar graph
April 9, 2019

Maximum likelihood logistic regression (MLLR) is used to estimate drought probabilities for selected Northeast rivers and streams. Winter streamflows are used to estimate the chance of hydrologic drought during summer months. This application allows the display and query of these drought streamflow probabilities for Northeastern streams.

Nor'easter
March 1, 2018

USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

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New England Water Science Center - Maine

New England Water Science Center - Maine

196 Whitten Rd
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207 622-8201

New England Water