Find SNAP in the Akasofu Building, located on the West Ridge of the UAF campus. (photo: K. Timm)
We collaborate with our diverse network to develop and communicate plausible scenarios of potential conditions in an evolving climate. SNAP was created in 2007 with Network Director Dr. Scott Rupp and a 3-person staff. We now comprise more than 20 researchers, programmers, science communicators, staff, and students.
SNAP professionals …
Focus on the big picture. Understanding the climate's current and future directions helps us develop credible projections that advise policy and management across Alaska and the Arctic.
Emphasize practical application. Scenario planning is one of the most useful ways that University of Alaska researchers can convey the societal significance of their work to decision-makers and concerned citizens in Alaska.
Collaborate across disciplines. Climate change planning is not a single field of endeavor: it includes atmospheric, biological, geophysical, and social science. And weighing choices often requires collaboration with others who have expertise in economics or knowledge of cultural preferences.
Share what we know. We try to make our methods and results available so others may benefit from our research. Academic environments often foster a competitive approach, which stymies collaboration and leads to inefficiency. Government and private organizations can also suffer from poor data sharing.
Interpret for understanding. SNAP’s data are derived from top climate models, but that’s just the beginning. Without proper interpretation, climate projections can be misleading and potentially misused. We aid understanding by offering professional expertise in planning, collaboration, data analysis, and communication.