Climate Tools

Use our web applications to see data come alive

Climate and weather data can be overwhelming on its own—and we aim to make it accessible to everyone. That’s why our team of developers and designers have created a wide variety of interactive web applications that enable exploration and greater understanding of our changing climate.

Share our graphics, charts, and maps

As you use our webapps, you’ll discover that you can keep and share our data and graphics in a variety of ways. Popular end products include maps, charts, and CSV files that can be freely downloaded for use in reports, presentations, and for further analysis.

We thank the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, the International Arctic Research Center, and many other partners who offer modeling expertise, funding, and other support for creating and maintaining these tools.

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airport at dutch harbor, alaska
Airport Winds

How windy is it at airports across Alaska? If you’re a pilot or just interested in aviation, check out this tool that slices and dices historical wind data recorded 1980–present at 166 Alaska airports.

Graph downloads available.

peonies in field
Alaska Garden Helper

How might growing conditions change in your part of Alaska in the coming decades? Choose an Alaska community and see how its growing season has changed since 1980, and how it might change, out to 2099. (Spoiler alert: it may be getting longer!)

You can also see graphs of daily minimum temperatures, growing degree days (and how this cumulative heat affects specific crops), and maps of projected hardiness (based on USDA Plant Hardiness Zones).

Graph and map downloads available.

forest fire
Alaska Wildfire Explorer

Are you interested in Alaska wildfires within the larger forest ecosystem? This tool is a map of Alaska with several fire-related data layers—simply choose the layers you want to see.

Note: The Wildfire Explorer shows a variety of data that helps users understand Alaska’s fire landscape. It is not designed for fire management decision-making by agencies or individuals.

Arctic Environmental and Engineering Data + Design Support System
Arctic Environmental and Engineering Data + Design Support System

This tool puts sophisticated data models to work for engineering uses. The Arctic EDS presents climate data in the context of key environmental variables for Northern engineers.

Ram Plateau, northwest territories, Canada
Climate Scenarios for the Northwest Territories

From Aklavik to Yellowknife, how might climate shift over decades—or even centuries? See climate projections—including very long-term extrapolations—for over 40 communities in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Graph downloads available.

fairbanks from the air
Community Climate Charts

What’s happening with climate in your Northern community? See temperature and precipitation projections 2010–2099 for over 3800 communities in Alaska and western Canada.

Look for key changes—for example, higher temperatures in spring and fall could mean a longer growing season and/or a shift from snow to rain. Warmer, drier spring weather may increase fire risk.

Graph and data downloads available.

road warped by thawing permafrost
Community Permafrost Data

How vulnerable is your Alaska community to permafrost change? Explore permafrost risks and hazards for 187 Alaska communities within the categories of massive ice, thaw susceptibility, existing infrastructure, permafrost occurrence, and temperature.

Graph downloads available.

Wind turbine in Toksook Bay, Alaska
Community Wind

How windy was your community in the last 35 years, and how much windier might it get? This tool shows recorded hourly wind data for 67 Alaska communities, 1980–2014. The tool also shows modeled winds for 1980–2099.

Graph and data downloads available.

running dogs through water on a thawing lake
Environmental Impacts to Access in Interior Alaska

A changing climate is making it more challenging to practice a subsistence lifestyle. See compelling accounts and images from from community residents, along with maps and graphics that reinforce their observations.

wildfire in the forest
Fire Tally

Have you ever wanted to know how much of Alaska has burned since 2004? The charts in this tool compare the current year’s daily tally of acres burned to high fire years (> 1 million acres burned) since daily tally records began in 2004.

Graphic downloads available.

Historical Sea Ice Atlas
Historical Sea Ice Atlas

Is sea ice a part of your work, your travel, and/or your lifestyle? We’ve compiled sea ice data from northern Alaska—from whaling-ship logbooks to data acquired from satellites—to show how sea ice concentrations have changed since 1850.

Graphic and data downloads available. Data are also displayed in poster format and as video animations.

Northern Climate Reports
Northern Climate Reports

Higher temperatures, thawing permafrost, and wildfire are changing landscapes across Northern ecosystems. This tool uses climate data to show how these phenomena are pointing to a variety of possible futures for a warming North.

cars in heavy rain
Precipitation Projections for Alaska Infrastructure

How might future changes in precipitation affect Alaska’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure? This tool compiles projected maximum precipitation events across Alaska.

Choose a location by clicking a map of Alaska, or enter coordinates for a specific spot. You can also choose a 20-year time span out to 2099.

Data downloads available.

sunrise in alaska
Statewide Temperature Index

“Has it been warmer or colder lately in Alaska?” Answer: “It’s complicated.” Why? Alaska is a very large region with complex geography and sparse data availability.

Here you can see a statewide temperature index: a simple indicator that balances accessible information on temperature variation with the complexity of Alaska’s climate.

Graphic and code downloads available.