Since 2007, SNAP has used climate data to create and share ideas of what a future Northern climate could look like.
Data analysis and interpretation
Climate projections can be misleading and potentially misused without interpretation that includes considerations of uncertainty. We work with climate data every day and can recognize how to display a specific trend or pattern in the most unbiased manner.
Our data-based scenarios are not forecasts based on probabilities. Instead, they ask “What if ...?” and consider multiple divergent, challenging, and possible future events. Combining these scenarios with stakeholder knowledge fosters informed dialogue, planning, and progress. We also coordinate with our network of partners on research and resource-management projects.
We help partners and clients of varying needs and technical experience choose the best ways to visually communicate climate research messages by creating maps, websites, interactive tools, maps, diagrams, and print publications. Some examples: Historical Sea Ice Atlas website and custom maps created for an Arctic management report to the President of the United States.
Why work with SNAP?
We help others envision a future Northern climate. Understanding the climate's current and future directions helps us develop credible projections that advise policy and management across Alaska and the Arctic. Scenario planning is one of the most useful ways that University of Alaska researchers can convey the societal significance of their work.
We emphasize practical application. We strive to create the most broadly applicable data, products, tools, and insights. This approach requires more planning but lets us deliver robust and defensible products to a wider community.
We collaborate across disciplines. Climate change planning includes atmospheric, biological, geophysical, and social science. Weighing choices often requires collaboration with partners with expertise in economics or knowledge of cultural preferences.