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National Climatic Data Center

NCDC is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North Carolina, and the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which is located in Boulder, Colorado.

USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

In 2008, Congress created the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to address challenges resulting from climate change and to empower natural resource managers with rigorous scientific information and effective tools for decision-making.

International Arctic Research Center

the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was established in 1999 as a cooperative research institute supported by both the U.S. and Japanese governments. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. and from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. More than 20 international groups and more than 60 scientists are collaborating with IARC, allowing the institute to meet our mission and goals through shared understanding and cooperation.

Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning (SNAP)

SNAP is a collaborative network of the University of Alaska, state, federal, and local agencies, and NGOs, whose mission is to provide timely access to management-relevant scenarios of future conditions in Alaska. The primary products of the network are (1) datasets and maps projecting future conditions for selected variables, and (2) rules and models that develop these projections, based on historical conditions and trends.

Western Regional Climate Center

The Regional Climate Centers (RCC) deliver climate services at national, regional and state levels working with NOAA partners in the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service, the American Association of State Climatologists, and NOAA Research Institutes.

NASA – Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales — from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal and annual effects such as El Niño, and on up to the millennia of ice ages — and that affect the habitability of our planet.

“While there is some debate as to its cause, there is no doubt that the climate is changing throughout Alaska. These changes are expected to have impacts environmentally, socially, and economically within Alaska.” (Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Climate)

Current Climate research in the Copper River Watershed
Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet

On September 14, 2007, former Governor Sarah Palin signed Administrative Order No. 238, officially forming the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (see Press Release). The Sub-Cabinet is charged with preparing and implementing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy. This will be a transparent document which deals with state policies for anticipated climate change.

The Sub-Cabinet’s strategy will discuss:

  • Building the state’s knowledge of the actual and foreseeable effects of climate warming in Alaska
  • Developing appropriate measures and policies to prepare communities in Alaska for the anticipated impacts from climate change
  • Providing guidance regarding Alaska’s participation in regional and national efforts addressing causes and effects of climate change

On September 21, 2007, former Governor Palin signed on as an Observer to the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). The WCI is a collaboration launched in February 2007 between the Governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington to meet regional challenges raised by climate change. Other States and Canadian Provinces have joined, some as partners, some as observers.

For more information on the climate change sub-panel, visit

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