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About the Alaska State Climate Center

The Alaska State Climate Center (ASCC) and the office of State Climatologist were established in accordance with Alaska Statute AS 14.40.085 to provide a central location for Alaska climate information and expertise. The ASCC, along with the Alaska Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, provide this service to Alaska.

In keeping with the general trends in information technology, the role of the ASCC has evolved from that of a collector and provider of hardcopy documents to a purveyor of electronic information. Over the past few years, we have worked with the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS), located within the Consortium Library on the UAA campus. The ASCC has transferred the bulk of our hardcopy and microfilm documents to ARLIS where they are cataloged and readily available to the widest possible audience.

We have retained some documents within the ASCC, including a selection of historical documents dating back to well before Alaska's statehood. We also have a significant collection of microfiche— including historical hand-drawn maps, produced operationally by the National Weather Service, of sea-ice properties and coverage. (ARLIS now has microfiche copies of these charts as well.)

Electronic data repositories no longer need to be kept on location. Instead, the ASCC works closely with the federal, state, regional and local agencies who are responsible for data collection/stewardship to provide our clients with the highest quality and most up-to-date data possible.

The ASCC also has a role to play in helping to interpret climate data provided by ourselves and others. Please take a few minutes to browse this web site and become familiar with us and services we and our cooperative agencies provide.

Feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail. Our contact information can be found here.



THE FINE PRINT

The data sources listed on this website are provided as a service to our clients. Their listing on no way implies an endorsement of their services or quality and/or validity of their data. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the only provider of data that is certifiable. In many cases, the agencies and data providers listed herein are not the initial or primary collectors of the data and are not responsible for the provenance of the data they provide.

This web site is by no means intended to be an exhaustive collection of Alaska climate data. If you are aware of a provider of Alaska climate data, private or public, that you feel should be mentioned this site, please Contact Us with the pertinent information and we will include it in our offerings.