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: April 13, 2016

Geologic Hazards and Catastrophic Events

We study the distribution and hazard potential of coastal and submarine events such as earthquakes and submarine landslides and associated tsunami potential, hurricane induced coastal inundation, extreme storms, sea-level rise and oil and gas spills. We also model development to help evaluate and forecast coastal hazard probability and occurrence.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Ocean Resources for America's Needs

Our scientists conduct research studies focused on geologic mapping, sampling and understanding of mineral and energy resources and studies of the geologic setting and processes to inform renewable energy development offshore.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Science

We bring together multidisciplinary expertise focused on developing tools and models to improve understanding of how healthy ecosystems function as well as how they respond to environmental changes and human impacts including ecosystem restoration. Research studies address coral reef, coastal wetland, benthic habitat and groundwater resources.

Date published: March 8, 2016

Hurricane Sandy

Over 160 of our scientists, technicians, and specialists responded to Hurricane Sandy by deploying field equipment and capturing information both before and after the storm. Our Sandy Science Plan identifies major research themes that will guide research to continue the support of the recovery activities.

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Nene adults and goslings in a grassy field
November 27, 2005

Nene adults and goslings

A mating pair of adult nēnē (Branta sandvicensis) keep a close watch on three young goslings. An endangered species and the state bird of Hawai‘i, nēnē are the last remaining species of Hawaiian goose.    

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT 07/02/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT  07/02/20

Image: A Lichen in Maine

A Lichen in Maine

This lichen, Lobaria pulmonaria, is found in northern North America, where it is becoming rare in places.  Lichens -- which are often mistaken for moss -- are unusual plant-like organisms that are actually symbioses of fungi, algae and bacteria living together. They usually live on soil, bark, leaves and wood and can live in barren and unwelcoming environments,

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Attribution: Ecosystems

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT 07/09/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT  07/09/20

Image: Middle Dam (Maine) Well Drilling

Middle Dam (Maine) Well Drilling

USGS hydrologist Martha Nielsen examines cuttings as a drill crew works to drill a new monitoring well at USGS station 443647070552303 (ME-OW400A) near Middle Dam on Lower Richardson Lake. The existing well heaved due to frost and had to be replaced.

Attribution: Water Resources

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT 07/16/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT  07/16/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT 07/23/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT  07/23/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT as of 07/23/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT as of 07/23/20

View of river from webcam

Kennebec River at Calumet Bridge at Augusta, Maine (01049320)

Kennebec River at Calumet Bridge at Augusta, Maine (01049320)

 

Station operated in cooperation with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine River Flow Advisory Commission. 
 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT 07/31/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT  07/31/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT as of 07/31/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT as of 07/31/20

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Measuring high water mark - blizzard of January 2018 in New England
January 15, 2018

Significant flooding along the coast of Massachusetts occurred Thursday, January 4, 2018, caused by a powerful blizzard.  Peak storm surge of approximately 3.00 feet occurred at the astro high tide; and, according to the National Weather Service, is the highest since records began at the Boston tide station in 1921. 

Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
January 24, 2017

If coastal salt marshes are like savings accounts, with sediment as the principal, all eight Atlantic and Pacific coast salt marshes studied are "in the red," researchers found.

Scientists deploy high-tech buoy in Lake Winnipesaukee
June 27, 2016

A high-tech buoy that monitors water quality in real time was just installed in one of New England’s most popular lakes, where in the future it will help with determining when swimmers should and shouldn’t be in the water. 

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

USGS: Science for a changing world
May 31, 2016

More vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms is now available with the addition of Maine’s newest U.S. Geological Survey installed tide gauge.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 14, 2016

Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Planned US Topo map production schedule for the next three- year revision cycle
November 19, 2015

With the release of new US Topo maps for Illinois and South Dakota, the USGS has completed the second, three-year cycle of revising and updating electronic US Topo quadrangles. This means that since late 2009, the USGS has published nearly every map in the conterminous U.S., twice.

USGS science for a changing world logo
November 4, 2015

Soil acidification from acid rain that is harmful to plant and aquatic life has now begun to reverse in forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, according to an American-Canadian collaboration of five institutions led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
June 29, 2015

Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

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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