In 2014, SNAP joined the other research units of the International Arctic Research Center on West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The relocation of SNAP into the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building is part of the restructuring started two years ago by UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers and Vice Chancellor for Research Mark Myers to unify many of the climate science programs at UAF under the IARC umbrella.
IARC director Larry Hinzman noted that this relocation would enable the researchers to more efficiently work together and share tools and resources, which would help IARC, as a family, align its climate programs. “Each of these units possess unique talents, mandates and missions so co-location may greatly expand our abilities to understand arctic processes and communicate this knowledge to the public, state and federal agencies and other researchers,” he said.
SNAP director Scott Rupp echoed Hinzman’s excitement about the move. “Co-location of all the groups within IARC will greatly facilitate our research and collaborations within IARC as well as across all the other units and institutes that we have been working with at UAF,” he said.
Since its inception in 1998, IARC has pioneered an integrated understanding of the Arctic as a system. With roughly 200 people affiliated, IARC conducts research in various disciplines of Arctic science, ranging from oceanography and fire science to ecosystem modeling. IARC is also known for its excellent collaborations with stakeholders as well as education and outreach activities at local, state, national and international levels.