SNAP develops data products, visualizations, and analysis tools to aid the study of interrelated systems, improve decision making, manage resources, and inform policy. We accomplish this through summarizing complex climatic patterns over space and time through the use of various visualization tools and techniques.
We use historical data, projected data, and products derived from those data to create a wide range of products that show climate trends at scales relevant to our collaborators. Detailed descriptions of our methods are available, but in general we use statistics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, visualization and cartography, software programing, engineering, ecological modeling, and print and web design to create our products.
Depending on the use and the audience, we use tables, charts, web applications, maps, and animations to illustrate and analyze the data. The users of our data products range from the public and community planners with limited experience analyzing data to technical researchers and developers. Some of the data analysis tools we have created help users study:
- Temperature and precipitation change in Alaska and Canadian communities
- Changes in historical sea ice extent since the 1800’s
- Growing season projections for the next century
- Temperature change maps for Alaska’s National Parks
- And, much more.
We work with climate data every day, and recognize when one tool or technique may be most appropriate to display a specific trend or pattern, in the most objective and unbiased manner possible. We also recognize the multiple inherent sources of uncertainty when utilizing projections of climate, and have the expertise to explain and interpret those as well.
We most often work with state and federal agencies, NGO’s, and academic collaborators, but we can also help private sector businesses obtain pertinent data. Please contact us to discuss commercialization opportunities or collaborative R&D activities.
Read our methods of data production on our Methods page.