The Arctic Futures Institute (AFI) is a joint initiative of the three founding institutions. The collaboration offers a unique combination of science, law, policy and outreach based in Maine. Partners are: the Climate Change Institute, the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law, and the World Ocean Observatory. 


Center for Oceans & Coastal Law of the University of Maine School of Law
Engaged in advanced Arctic law and policy research.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Charles H. Norchi is Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law in the University of Maine School of Law and the 2018 Fulbright-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland Arctic Scholar.


Climate Change Institute of the University of Maine
Conducting research and graduate education focused on climate, ecosystems, other environmental systems and the interaction between humans and the natural environment.


Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, School of Marine Sciences, School of Policy and International Affairs, and the Business School at the University of Maine. Paul has approximately 55 expeditions to polar and high altitude regions throughout the world, 450 scientific publications, two popular books, national and international awards for science and exploration, major media appearances including CBS 60 Minutes and the Emmy Award winning Years of Living Dangerously.


World Ocean Observatory
A major utility for ocean communication to advance public awareness and political will. Dedicated to providing information and education about the health of the ocean.


Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information about the health of the ocean. He previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City and is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School.