Date of Award

Summer 8-2022

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Forest Resources


Sean Birkel

Second Committee Member

Sandra De Urioste-Stone

Third Committee Member

Lily Calderwood

Additional Committee Members

Rachel E. Schattman


Climate change is a wicked problem with global impacts, one of which being the sustainability of the existing global food system. As temperatures and variability in precipitation are projected to increase, the challenges to agriculture are expected to intensify. This thesis examines the Maine historical climate record over the growing season, in combination with future projections, to assess how conditions have changed and will change with agricultural implications. In this analysis, relevant climatic variables are analyzed, and agriculture-significant measures are derived for Maine’s three climate divisions using four decades of daily and monthly gridded datasets. In addition, this thesis explores climate change risk perceptions of Maine wild blueberry growers and establishes a survey instrument which may be used to measure the risk perceptions of migrant workers in the state and within other regions of the United States, by drawing from and expanding upon the Climate Change Risk Perception Model (CCRPM). In all, this work will help inform climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for safeguarding the productivity, safety, and sustainability of food systems in Maine.