BELFAST — Belfast Free Library this month is launching “All of Belfast Climate Dialogues,” a community memory project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Science, with the first virtual program coming up Tuesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoon.

“Sea Level Rise, Storms, and Citizen Science” is presented in collaboration with the Climate Crisis Committee will take place June 22 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs to sign up.

The goal of the project is to convene conversations around climate change and to document resident’s

Belfast breakwater overtopped in a storm April 13, 2020. Courtesy of Jonathan Beal

reflections about the issue. To accomplish this, the library will host a series of programs on climate change with follow-up sessions for reflection and conversation.

Gayle Bowness, Coastal Resilience Program manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, will explain why sea level rise in the Gulf of Maine of Maine is causing more cities and towns along the coast to experience frequent flooding. Bowness will also share updates to the Coastal Flooding Citizen Science Project that was launched in Belfast in 2020.

Belfast needs more local data to better understand how water level and weather impact flooding in this harbor, according to a press release from the library. This project welcomes everyone to participate — contribute your observations, document the types of impacts you’re observing and your level of concern, the press release said.

Join the virtual program June 22 to learn more about local projections for sea level rise and how to contribute coastal observations through the Coastal Flooding Citizen Science project in Belfast.