Environmental Impacts to Access in Interior Alaska

How is the climate making a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska’s Interior more challenging?

People from Beaver, Delta, Holy Cross, Lake Minchumina, Nulato, Tok, and Venetie share stories and images of climate-related environmental conditions affecting their travel to areas used for hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering.

Stories combine with maps that reinforce their observations, with data visualizations of temperature, precipitation, snow levels, wildfires, and permafrost.

running dogs through water on a thawing lake
Travel across lakes can range from inconvenient to perilous as the climate changes, making the ice unsafe for a greater part of the year. (photo: Julie & Miki Collins)

Tool Details

Created by:

  • Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)


  • Alaska Dept of Fish & Game (ADFG)
  • Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance (CPS)
  • Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG)
  • International Arctic Research Center (IARC)
  • NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
  • UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

Funded by:

  • National Science Foundation