A Century of Climate Change for Fairbanks, Alaska

Gerd Wendler and Martha Shulski

Climatological observations are available for Fairbanks, interior Alaska, for up to 100 years. this is a unique data set for Alaska, insofar as it is of relatively high quality and without major breaks. Applying the best linear fit, we conclude that the mean annual temperature rose from -3.6˚C to -2.2˚C over the century, an increase of 1.4˚C (compared to 0.8˚C worldwide). This comparison clearly demonstrates the well-known amplification or temperature change for the polar regions.

Arctic, VOL. 62, NO. 3 (SEPTEMBER 2009) P. 295–300