Alaska Department Of Natural Resources

Department mission: "To develop, conserve and enhance natural resources for present and future Alaskans."

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) ( manages all state-owned land, water and natural resources, except for fish and game. Given its responsibility, several of ADNR’s eight divisions have important roles or ongoing efforts pertinent to state-wide energy research, including:


Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS)


The mission of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) ( is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). To meet this mission, the DGGS conducts energy research and analysis throughout the state on oil, gas, coal, or geothermal resources, often in partnership with other state, federal, university, tribal, or private entities.

DGGS research and publications can be found here.

Division of Oil and Gas

The Division of Oil and Gas (, responsible for the state's oil and gas leasing programs and developing the state’s coalbed methane and geothermal resources, conducts various supportive energy research including geologic, economic, environmental and social analyses.

Mining, Land, and Water

The Division of Mining, Land & Water ( is the primary manager of Alaska's land holdings and mineral and water resources.

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