photo credit: Annie Cotnoir

A Center of Excellence in Arctic Studies & Research in Maine

The Arctic Futures Institute (AFI) is a joint initiative of the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law of the University of Maine School of Law, the Climate Change Institute of the University of Maine, and the World Ocean Observatory. The three founding AFI institutions are a unique combination of science, law, policy and outreach based in Maine. The Climate Change Institute has forty years of Arctic science experience, the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law is engaged in advanced Arctic law and policy research, and the World Ocean Observatory reaches a global community of ocean advocates through web-based content and communication.
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2 Women, 1 Trapper's Hut, 9 Months, 6 Science Projects, 1 Mission

Hearts in the Ice is a citizen science initiative that Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom will undertake in August 2019 as a means to create a global dialogue around the changes we are experiencing in the Polar regions that impact us all. World Ocean Observatory serves in an advisory capacity for the team and, as with all partner initiatives, will help magnify their efforts through our communications platform.
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An annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits

The World Ocean Observatory is partnering with Main Street Bucksport this year for the 4th annual International Maritime Film Festival (Sept. 27-29), a celebration of maritime heritage, spirit of adventure, concern for the environment, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits.
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Encouraging innovative and sustainable approaches to economic opportunity

W2O is partnered with the NEOC as their non-profit-in-residence in their collaborative work space on Portland's waterfront. NEOC exists to connect ocean-minded people with industry knowledge to help ensure opportunity is pursued inclusively, economically, and sustainably.
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Open Source seafood industry technology to reverse the prevailing trends of overfishing and IUU

W2O is collaborating with Seafood Commons on the development of an open source software system for traceability, accounting, and veracity of regenerative practices for seafood products nationally and internationally.
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Live carbon neutral

An initiative with UCapture and South Pole to provide an opportunity to offset your carbon footprint and support W2O programs when you shop online.
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