SNAP's Nancy Fresco connects climate data with peonies and new growing strategies

SNAP researcher Dr. Nancy Fresco gave a keynote address to about 100 agriculturalists at the Alaska Peony Growers Association Conference. 

Current climate-zone models available to Alaska’s farmers — via the USDA and other sources — are coarse in scale or limited in applicability. Alaska’s peony growers are uniquely placed to take advantage of the market – but Alaska’s climate is changing. Will this affect the peony industry? Will impacts be positive or negative? How might growers adapt? Nancy outlined how SNAP data and tools such as projections for shifts in climate clusters, growing degree days, season length, permafrost extent, and extreme highs and lows could be used to address these questions.