•At the University of Alaska well taken climate change seriously to the point that are already in full comunication with the local newspaper giving guidance to the population about the link between weather and climate change, here we see what happens today in this Alaska paper:Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34232.
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New Web site tool allows each community to understand its own weather changes
Chart provided by SNAP - The SNAP charts give each Alaska Community details on greenhouse emissions, temperatures and precipitation
Chart provided by SNAP - The SNAP charts give each Alaska Community details on greenhouse emissions, temperatures and precipitation.
Want to know how Homer has changed overtime in an effort to track signs of global warming?
Every community in Alaska now has access to climate change data focused on their own backyard, thanks to a new, user-friendly tool created by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning. The Web site is at http://www.snap.uaf.edu One link addresses each community in Alaska with a detailed chart on greenhouse emissions, temperatures and precipitation. The site also makes available maps, charts, reports and publications.
SNAP, housed within the UA Geography Program and the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, collaborates with policy-makers and land managers throughout the state including serving in an advisory capacity to the Governor’s Sub-cabinet on Climate Change.
“These new community charts allow people to get in touch with climate change at the local level,” explained SNAP Director Scott Rupp. “It can be hard to digest the big picture on a global or even a statewide scale but this method makes it easier to relate to, in a way that is specific to how changes can impact specific locations.”
Over 350 places in Alaska are included in the community charts, accessible at www.snap.uaf.edu/community-charts. Data is presented at low, medium and high future greenhouse gas levels. Concentration of the gases has a direct impact on how the Earth warms. Average temperature and precipitation figures are presented by month for a late-20th century baseline, and are projected for every decade out to 2100. The website allows users to compare various communities and consider how the changing climate may affect their own activities such as gardening or hunting or more public concerns, including drought, forest fire or permafrost melt.
SNAP staff used Google tools and technology to create the charts, based on research by John Walsh, chief scientist of the International Arctic Research Center, and the SNAP team to provide the most accurate climate predictions for Alaska.
“This is our first effort to link communities in Alaska with basic climate scenario methods,” Rupp said. “This makes it easy to look at how precipitation and temperature are expected to change throughout this century.”
Currently most policy and management planning for Alaska and elsewhere assumes that future conditions will be similar to those of our recent past experience. However, there is reasonable consensus within the scientific community that future climatic, ecological, and economic conditions will likely be quite different from those of the past. We now know enough about current and likely future trajectories of climate and other variables to develop credible projections. We can also make projections for other variables that are closely correlated, such as frequency of intense storms, risk of wildfire or flooding, and habitat and wildlife changes associated with these events.
Scenarios of future climate and associated environmental hazards have already been developed in Scandinavia, British Columbia, England, Wisconsin lakes district, and elsewhere to guide planning for climate change. Thus, conceptual validity and technical feasibility have already been demonstrated.
The idea of developing a scenario planning process for Alaska emerged in 2006 and 2007 from discussions by an interdisciplinary group of about a dozen University of Alaska faculty. The consensus of that group was that such a process would be feasible and would be one of the most useful ways that University of Alaska researchers could convey the societal significance of their research to Alaskan decision-makers and other stakeholders. Indeed, individual researchers had already completed some of the basic future scenarios for Alaska.
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2 Responses for “SNAP tracks climate change for Alaska towns”
January 6, 2010 at 11:57 am
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Mankind should have ended by now using the changing of seasons to manipulate the ignorant to gain power.
The calendar cycle of the Great Year of the Constellations ends in December of 2012. It is not so different from the monthly calendar used daily now by all people that it should appear so impossible to understand for so many.
Perhaps it is because of fear and denial that this cycle cannot be controlled or stopped that the average people are refusing to see what is right in front of their eyes as the clearly marked astronomical event used as the end and beginning point for the Great Year approaches.
This calendar was meant to be used so that people could prepare for the Great Winter, ice age, of the Great Year just as they use the monthly calendar to prepare in advance for the yearly season of winter.
It is a travesty that in this age of world wide technological communication the simple, silent calendar of the Great Year is either totally being ignored or totally being dismissed as something that was created out of no real importance.