We work with many partners in many areas
Our research and resource-management projects focus on one or more areas of expertise, including science communication, data visualization and analysis, research collaboration, and scenario planning.
|Alaska Garden Helper|
Use this web tool to explore local growing conditions under a changing climate, including growing season length, minimum temperatures, growing degree days, and hardiness zones.
|data-visualization-and-analysis science-communication||garden web-tool||completed|
|Alaska-Canada climate-biome shifts|
Projections of shifts in 18 climate types linked to ecological biomes across Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. An expansion of the Connecting Alaska Landscapes project.
|data-visualization-and-analysis research-collaboration||biome climate||completed|
|ALFRESCO and habitat research|
ALFRESCO simulates responses of subarctic and boreal vegetation to climatic changes.
|Arctic climate change impacts on ecosystem services and society|
Relationships between climate change and availability of subsistence resources. Creating scenarios of how and where resources may be available in the future.
|research-collaboration scenario-planning||climate ecosystem-services||ongoing|
|Arctic Data Collaborative (ARDAC)|
ARDAC houses Arctic data sets that can be be utilized in their current form for decision-making and project planning.
|data-visualization-and-analysis research-collaboration||data-visualization research-collaboration||ongoing|
|Arctic Environmental and Engineering Data and Design Support System|
The Arctic-EDS will refine and further develop sustainable technologies to provide best-available data curated for engineering design needs in a single, dynamically-updated, online hub.
|Arctic sea ice: satellite observations, climate model performance, future scenarios|
Using technology to investigate the downward trend of Arctic sea ice.
|data-visualization-and-analysis scenario-planning||modeling remote-sensing scenario-planning sea-ice||completed|
|Arctic shipping data synthesis|
Understanding risks presented by marine shipping traffic on ecosystem services.
|Assessment and mapping of riverine hydrokinetic resources in the continental US|
Assessment of the riverine hydrokinetic energy resource in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska, excluding tidal waters.
|Chugach climate change scenario planning|
An assessment of future scenarios in the Chugach National Forest given ongoing climate change, social change, and economic change.
|research-collaboration scenario-planning||climate scenario-planning||completed|
|Climate change impacts on forested ecosystems of Alaska|
Overview of current and future climate change impacts on all forested regions of Alaska.
|Climate change impacts on water availability in Alaska|
A modeling effort aimed at estimating the balance between precipitation and evapotranspiration across Alaska.
|data-visualization-and-analysis scenario-planning||climate freshwater||completed|
|Climate change scenario planning for Alaska Region National Park Service Units|
Developed climate change scenarios for NPS-managed areas in Alaska; and a discussion tool for Alaska national park visitors.
|scenario-planning science-communication||climate national-parks scenario-planning||completed|
|Climate change summary reports for National Parks, Preserves and Monuments|
Brief fact sheets providing climate projections for each of Alaska’s National Park Service areas.
|data-visualization-and-analysis science-communication||climate national-parks research-collaboration||completed|
|Community partnerships for self-reliance|
Facilitating community driven responses to self-reliance and sustainability challenges by identifying and linking relevant information and research support.
|Connecting Alaska’s landscapes into the future|
Projections of shifts in 18 climate types linked to ecological biomes across Alaska, with emphasis on several key species. This project was expanded in Alaska Canada Biome Shift.
|research-collaboration scenario-planning||biome climate||completed|
|Future Projections of Precipitation for Alaska Infrastructure|
SNAP is collaborating with the Alaska Department of Transportation to develop a point precipitation frequency tool using state-of-the-art climate projections to better understand the future of precipitation trends across Alaska.
|data-visualization-and-analysis research-collaboration||climate infrastructure modeling precipitation transportation||ongoing|
|Geospatial modeling for Alaska broadband|
Alaska lags in adequate infrastructure for providing high-speed broadband access statewide. SNAP designed a broadband mapping model to connect rural locations to the existing fiber backbone.
|data-visualization-and-analysis research-collaboration||communication modeling||completed|
|Governor’s Subcabinet on Climate Change|
A report to the State of Alaska on the potential long-term impacts of climate change.
|Great Bear Lake climate change analysis|
An analysis of potential future climate change impacts in the Great Bear Lake region of the Northwest Territories, Canada.
|Historical Sea Ice Atlas|
Choose time periods and locations of interest, and view mapped sea ice data dating from the mid-1800s to present. Sea ice data also available for download.
|data-visualization-and-analysis science-communication||remote-sensing sea-ice web-tool||completed|
|IEM: An Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska and Northwest Canada|
Using modeling to understand potential landscape, habitat, and ecosystem change in Alaska and Northwest Canada.
|Igiugig Village Climate Change Adaptation Assessment|
This Adaptation Assessment is the first step in developing a climate adaptation plan for the Igiugig Village Council (IVC). The ultimate objective of this assessment is to create a baseline foundation of information, research, and partnerships that are locally driven and dynamic in nature.
|adaptation-plan community resiliency||completed|
|Interdisciplinary Research for Arctic Coastal Environments (InteRFACE)|
InteRFACE is a DOE-SNAP collaboration which will research changes in sea-ice and marine ecosystems and the effects of those changes on coastal people, infrastructure, and economies.
|research-collaboration||hydrology infrastructure marine-shipping scenario-planning sea-ice||ongoing|
|Interior Issues Council Climate Change Taskforce|
This task force will develop strategies for helping mitigate climate change by conserving energy, educating the public, and developing longer-range plans.
|Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic: a Report to the President|
Highlights the need to use the best available science in decision-making about Arctic development and conservation.
|data-visualization-and-analysis science-communication||climate policy||completed|
We build mapping applications to support geospatial data efforts.
|National Petroleum Reserve: Alaska climate change analysis|
Assessing potential impacts of climate change on temperature, precipitation, water availability, vegetation, and fire regime in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
|research-collaboration scenario-planning||climate oil-and-gas||completed|
|Nenana Ridge experimental burn|
SNAP collaborated with scientists, engineers and foresters on an experimental burn that quantified the effects of fuels reduction treatments on fire behavior.
|North Slope climate analysis|
SNAP worked with The Nature Conservancy to provide downscaled climate change projections for the Alaska North Slope Borough.
|Permafrost dynamics modeling in Alaska using a high spatial resolution dataset|
SNAP is working with UAF geophysicists to project what may happen to permafrost in the future, and to map these projections statewide.
|data-visualization-and-analysis scenario-planning||modeling permafrost||completed|
|Potential effects of climate change on Sitka hydropower|
Using climate projections to determine if Southeast Alaska is facing a climate regime shift that might alter hydropower electricity availability.
|Protecting transportation infrastructure using Unmanned Aircraft Systems|
How unmanned aircraft systems (UASs or drones) can be used for the surveillance of pipeline infrastructure.
|research-collaboration science-communication||drone remote-sensing transportation||completed|
|Rapid Ecoregional Assessments for Alaska|
An assessment of important resource values and patterns of environmental change across a large area for the Bureau of Land Management. One of 4 such studies in Alaska.
|Science Communications Support|
We design science communications products including pamphlets, news releases, videos, and more.
|Slope Stability Modeling|
Hyper-detailed surface modeling and change detection methods have been developed to understand slope stability along critical Alaska highways at Glitter Gulch and Long Lake.
|infrastructure remote-sensing temperature||completed|
|Socio-ecological characteristics of disturbance in Alaska|
Projecting future scenarios of vegetation cover and succession trajectories due to the effects of beetles and wildfire in interior Alaska.
|State change and vulnerability in the Alaska boreal forest|
Understanding the connections among vegetation, the organic soil layer, and permafrost ground stability in Alaska boreal ecosystems.
|Steller sea lion surveys|
UAS research confirmed that threatened Steller Sea Lion populations could be more accurately and safely surveyed at their haul-outs and rookeries.
|drone habitat wildlife||completed|
|Tax information management using topographical Information|
Terrain models can be monitored for changes that affect tax records and community planning.
|data-visualization-and-analysis||community modeling patent||completed|
|UAV inspection of the Placer River Trail bridge through image-based 3D modeling|
Unmanned aerial vehicle research resulted in the first bridge inspection and a hyper-detailed 3D model for bridge inspections in the United States.
|data-visualization-and-analysis||drone infrastructure modeling transportation||completed|
|Volcanic ash sensing|
Research and development of an in-situ sensor deployable on UAS to collect real-time data about volcanic aerosol size, concentration, and chemistry.
We develop web applications for the visualization and interpretation of SNAP data to be used by researchers, students, and other audiences.
We build websites for research-related groups affiliated with the University of Alaska. We can help you develop your research-communication goals through your website.
|Yukon water availability analysis|
Developing a modeling tool for mapping future growing-season water availability for the Yukon.