UMaine awarded $79K NOAA grant to study climate change resilience for mobile homes

The University of Maine, thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, will work with regional institutions to study the resilience of RV parks in the Northeast to climate change.

The NOAA Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, formerly the Regional Integrated Science and Assessments program, awarded more than $79,000 to Sean Birkel, a Maine State climatologist and assistant professor with a joint appointment at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and UMaine Climate Change Institute, for a study of climate change resilience in RV park communities with collaborators in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Mobile home park communities are commonly found in rural and suburban areas in the northern states of New England, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. RVs in parks are an affordable housing option in times of regional housing shortages.