Tools for Decision Makers

Policy makers, resource managers, planners

These tools are for non-technical audiences who are looking for straightforward data visualizations for use in management and planning activities.

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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.

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.

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.