What Do We Do?

We make Northern climate data relevant to you

Since 2007, the team of boreal ecologists, visual designers, and software developers at the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP) has used climate data to create and share ideas of how a future Northern climate could look.

Every SNAP project is a collaboration

We work with partners including University researchers, agencies at all levels, and residents of Northern communities to produce climate data products tailored to regions and communities in Alaska and western Canada.

See climate data come alive with our interactive climate and weather visualizations

Almost everyone is interested in weather and climate, but not everyone wants to wrangle complex data sets. We get it—climate data can be overwhelming on its own. That’s why we’ve created a suite of web applications that help you discover what’s changing in your corner of the North—from wind to wildfire, and (almost) everything in between.

We’re constantly working on adding to and improving our climate and weather apps. They can help people interested in climate data see how things are changing, without having to work directly with large and complicated datasets.

Keep and share climate graphics + data

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.

Use our Data API for simple, direct data access

For more technical users, SNAP is developing an Application Program Interface (API) to ease data access for users and programmers. An API is a “data middle-man” that helps software and databases communicate with one another. Directing user questions through the API and allowing it to access the data directly lowers barriers to obtaining and streamlining new tools.

Use our Alaska + Arctic Geospatial Data API to access baseline historical and projected information, model outputs, and other SNAP data.

Sample data visualizations

Screenshot of wind speeds from the Airport Winds data visualization tool.
Screenshot of local observations paired with data, and displayed on a map. From the Environmental Impacts to Access in Interior Alaska interactive story tool.
Screenshot of sea ice coverage, from the Historical Sea Ice Atlas data visualization tool.