Sustainable Adaptations to Climate and Landscape Change

GIS Department


Maine and Iceland share similar maritime climates and both regions face environmental and economic vulnerabilities due to warmer terrestrial and sea surface temperatures brought on by regional scale climatic shifts. The growing consensus voiced by world leaders, scientists, and stakeholders at the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris is that countries must focus on adaptation and mitigation strategies in the face of shifting climate regimes. Such strategies will be critical to building long-term resilient and sustainable systems. This project addresses these issues through exchanging ideas on cutting edge digital mapping technologies, developing long term applied research ties, enhancing the training of students in geographic information systems technologies, and training students in sustainable environmental and tourism development and planning strategies.



Project Lead


Firooza Pavri

GIS Department

Dr. Pavri teaches and conducts research in environmental geography, with a focus on society-environment interactions, natural resource conservation & policy, sustainable development, and geospatial technologies, including remote sensing. Her research uses satellite imaging and other geospatial tools and techniques to monitor landscape changes across wetland, freshwater, urban, and forested ecosystems, both in the United States and India. More recently her research has explored the socio-economic, environmental, and policy issues related to sustainable wind energy production. She is also currently collaborating with researchers from the University of Maine to assess the vulnerability of Maine lakes to water quality decline. Her part in this project considers the role of lake associations and stakeholders in data collection, monitoring, and conservation management vis-à-vis lake stewardship.