The primary mission of Alaska Climate Research Center is to respond to inquiries concerning the meteorology and climatology of Alaska from public, private, and government agencies, and from researchers around the world.
Our products include real-time forecasts of smoke and aerosol concentrations, a map of current wildfires in Alaska, up-to-date sea ice information, archives of digital climate records, climate statistics and weather summaries for publication in newspapers around Alaska.
The Center provides services within a three-tiered system (state, regional, and federal). Most of the climatological data available for Alaska have been accumulated at the Alaska Climate Research Center and by the combined Alaska State Climate Center.
We conduct research on a number of high-latitude meteorological and climatological topics. The Center’s tasks are to improve regional climate information and foster better use of the information in decision-making.
The Alaska Climate Research Center (ACRC) and the Alaska State Climate Center (ASCC) have been established within the University of Alaska System three decades ago. Both centers, the ACRC and the ASCC have been merged as one combined service center within the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2018. The administration and management of the center is under the direction of the state climatologist, Dr. Martin Stuefer.
Alaska State Climatologist and Director
Associate Research Professor
Digital Services Director Fairbanks North Star Borough
Professor Emeritus and former Alaska Climate Research Center Director +
We are saddened by the loss of our colleague Gerd Wendler, who passed away in October 2021.