Subsistence fishwheels populate the western shore of the Copper River near the town of Chitina. Mt. Blackburn, at 16,391 feet, looms in the distance. (UAF photo by Todd Paris)

ACCAP works to improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate

Climate change is already impacting seasons, landscapes and life in the North. These changes affect the health, lives, and livelihoods of Alaskans as well as the companies doing business in Alaska.

Assessing community needs and vulnerabilities is one way we partner with stakeholders to create realistic community plans and climate adaptation strategies across all of Alaska. We study marine resources and assess climate change-related impacts on water availability, sea ice, wildfire and Alaska Native culture.

Other work includes downscaling models as well as developing, testing, and evaluating research products and tools. The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP) aims to establish partnerships among:

  • Scientists and engineers
  • State and local planners, policy-makers and governments
  • Transportation, natural resource and land management agencies
  • Native non-profit organizations and Alaska Native tribes
  • Industry
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Anyone whose decision-making is influenced by climate-related events

ACCAP is a Weather-Ready Ambassador

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, ACCAP is committed to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.  Learn more about the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Initiative

ACCAP support

ACCAP was established in 2006 with funding from the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACCAP is one of a group of Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs nationwide. RISA teams conduct interdisciplinary and regionally relevant research to inform resource management, planning and public policy, and to build the nation’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate change. NOAA supports 10 RISA teams through five-year cooperative agreement awards.

Get involved

If you are interested in learning more about ACCAP or joining our research and partnership network, please contact ACCAP Program Manager Tina Buxbaum, (907) 474-7812.

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy

2160 Koyukuk Drive, PO Box 757245  |  Fairbanks, AK 99775-7245 map  |   tel 907-474-7812  |  fax 907-474-5662  |  Email

ACCAP is a NOAA Climate Program Office Climate & Societal Interactions RISA Program.

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