The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced an internal restructuring of four research centers, enabling more efficient coordination of extensive climate studies, observations and modeling analyses. In particular, the Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP), the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP), the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) have been administratively shifted into the International Arctic Research Center (IARC). SNAP was previously associated with the School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences.
This administrative restructuring is intended to better align climate programs, enabling researchers to more efficiently share tools and resources and more effectively respond to the information needs of our state and nation. There will be no overt changes to the mission or staff of each center. Scott Rupp will continue to serve as director of SNAP, as will Sarah Trainor as director of ACCAP and AFSC and Tom Heinrichs as director of GINA.