To build healthy and thriving Alaskan communities, economies, and ecosystems in a changing climate.
To conduct innovative and collaborative research and engagement to inform climate policy, decision-making, and action for a just and sustainable future.
What does ACCAP do?
ACCAP has been working in Alaska for over 15 years to improve the ability of Alaskans to adapt to a changing climate. We strive for a partnership model, building meaningful relationships and working together to meet partners' information needs.
Our team focuses on three key areas:
- Extreme events - we use an integrated approach to analyze historic and projected event occurrences and document socio-economic impacts. We produce resources and tools to meet climate science needs.
- Tribal Resilience - we work with Alaska Tribes, Leadership, and Indigenous communities to investigate boundary spanning and knowledge co-production. Outcomes inform workforce and economic development and adaptation planning.
- Outreach and Engagement - we share climate and weather information to a wide audience through webinars, radio, local newspapers and social media. We prioritize network and relationship building to be a trusted source for information.
Visit the ACCAP Focus Areas page for more information.
National RISA program
ACCAP is one of eleven regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) teams. The RISA program is within the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For more than 20 years, RISA has been building relationships that help local decision makers and researchers collaborate on climate adaptation solutions to a changing climate.
Visit the RISA website to learn more about the national program.
The climate is warming in northern latitudes at over twice the rate of other parts of the globe. Alaska is also experiencing significant shifts in the intensity and frequency of extreme climate events related to temperature, sea ice, and coastal erosion, with high confidence for future continued change also in precipitation and marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Rural and Alaska Native communities throughout the state, many of which are accessible only by air or water, are among the most vulnerable. These communities face threats to key areas of concern such as salmon, large mammals, community infrastructure, and traditional knowledge.