Climate Change Observatory Sites


The Climate Change Observatory Network (CCON) is a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long-term climate change trends and adaptation projects. Using participatory tools and collaborative partnerships, the program brings people with various perspectives and knowledge together to co-learn about climate change and adaptation. The CCON encourages participation in climate change study, develops an interest and community ownership in climate action, and inspires collaboration amongst community stakeholders to develop adaptation strategies and solutions.

The Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative CCON program partners with environmental organizations and communities to build out Climate Change Observatory (CCO) project sites. Each CCO project site is unique to the local context, geography, and the changes being experienced in that area. Projects are varied and can range from monitoring and documenting sea level rise, flooding, beach erosion and accretion, storm surge and the effects of the ocean on the wetland complex, king tides, marsh migration, algal bloom, water levels, vegetation changes, invasive species, rewilding, changes in land use over time, living shorelines (impacts and survivability), river restoration, and other climate adaptation projects.


Community members, volunteers, land stewards and people just like you, help monitor and document environmental changes over time.


A Climate Change Observatory (CCO) site crowdsources photos to create a time lapse video that helps monitor and document environmental changes that occur over time at a specific location. People are invited to participate by locating a CCO site, placing their mobile device on the photo bracket, taking a photo and uploading it to Chronolog via email (NO App download or account set up is required). Simple 1-2-3 directions are posted on the instructional sign at each CCO site. When the participant uploads a photo, the Chronolog platform adds the photo to the CCO project’s time lapse video, and emails the participant the time lapse video they just contributed to, along with information about the CCO project site. They can then learn more about the CCO project site and the organization that stewards the land/water that the CCO site is located at, as well as share the link and encourage others to participate.

The crowdsourced observation data collected and processed into a time lapse video improves our collective understanding of environmental changes occurring in our communities, and develops an interest and community ownership in climate action. The CCON encourages input and collaboration amongst multiple community stakeholders to help develop adaptation strategies and solutions that can build more climate resilient communities for the benefit of all.


Head out to OCT's Climate Change Observatory sites and help document environmental changes occurring over time.

Click on a link below to learn more about the CCO site and view the time lapse video.