Our Expertise


We integrate information from multiple sources and help people envision different futures so they can make decisions despite uncertainty.

Data Analysis

We host and compile data and build visualization tools to analyze and explore system interactions and to ask and answer challenging questions.


We interpret and communicate our results so that our partners and the audiences they serve can confidently plan for and respond to change.

SNAP combines current research with lessons from the past to help people manage uncertainty and make decisions about the future. We work with our partners and clients to gather information, develop tools, and facilitate the processes they need to manage complex, real-world problems.

We are housed within the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks—a global and national center of arctic expertise. We also maintain strong links to research institutions in Russia, Japan, and Canada. 

Our staff has expertise in data science and analysis, statistics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, data visualization and cartography, software programming, engineering, ecological modeling, print and web design, communications, and project management.

We evaluate needs and requests across all projects so that we can create data, products, tools, and insights that are broadly applicable and useful. This approach requires more foresight and planning, but in the end delivers  more robust, defensible, and broadly applicable products to our collaborators. It also allows us to share data, products, tools, and insights with a greater community of climate researchers and planners.

Issues we address include:

  • Ecosystem change
  • Fire and post-fire processes
  • Permafrost, hydrology, and water resources
  • Public safety and infrastructure
  • Forestry, mining, and resource development
  • Subsistence and wildlife resources
  • Sea ice and coastal erosion
  • Agriculture, military operations, public education, and more

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Learn more about the ways you can collaborate with SNAP, or contact us if you would like to capitalize on our expertise in your next project.