We engage with people on climate projects
including communities, agencies, nonprofits, + academics

We create websites, publications, videos, + graphics
for research groups affiliated with the University of Alaska

We produce Northern climate + weather data
freely usable by researchers in their own work

All SNAP projects

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northern biomes map
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.

ALFRESCO and Habitat Research
ALFRESCO and Habitat Research

ALFRESCO simulates responses of subarctic and boreal vegetation to climatic changes.

drying salmon
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.

Arctic Data Collaborative (ARDAC)
Arctic Data Collaborative (ARDAC)

ARDAC houses Arctic data sets that can be be utilized in their current form for decision-making and project planning.

bridge over river in snowy forest
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.

fort greely, alaska
Climate Change Baseline Analysis for the United States Army Garrison Alaska

Climate change already is affecting the built environment, including Department of Defense (DoD) built and natural infrastructure. This infrastructure is necessary for military readiness and daily operations. Thus, clear, well-supported, contextual information is needed on appropriate and applied use of climate information for non-experts.

Climate Change Scenario Planning for Alaska National Parks
Climate Change Scenario Planning for Alaska National Parks

Developed climate change scenarios for NPS-managed areas in Alaska; and a discussion tool for Alaska national park visitors.

mountain and glacier
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.

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Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance

Facilitating community driven responses to self-reliance and sustainability challenges by identifying and linking relevant information and research support.

caribou on tundra
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.

coastal erosion
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
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.

arctic tundra
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.

cover of adaptation plan
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.

USEPA Kaskanak Creek
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.

Managing for the Future in a Rapidly Changing Arctic: a Report to the President
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.

spruce bark betles
Modeling Spruce Bark Beetle Outbreaks in a Warming Climate

How does survivable habitat for the spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) change in forested regions of Alaska under future climate conditions? What areas are at risk for more damaging spruce beetle population levels?

A small part of the NPR-A region in Alaska's Arctic.
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.

Nenana Ridge Experimental Burn
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.

coastal permafrost
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.

Water rushes under a Juneau bridge during a flood.
Precipitation Projections for Alaska Infrastructure

SNAP collaborated 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.

Trans Alaska pipeline
Protecting Transportation Infrastructure Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

How unmanned aircraft systems (UASs or drones) can be used for the surveillance of pipeline infrastructure.

Lidar scan image of the "Glitter Gulch" section of the Nenana River canyon near the entrance to Denali National Park.
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.

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 lions
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.

UAV Inspection of the Placer River Trail bridge through image-based 3D modeling
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.

Yukon lake
Yukon Water Availability Analysis

Developing a modeling tool for mapping future growing-season water availability for the Yukon.