Bill Schnabel (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Steve Bourne (Atkins Engineering)
For energy companies exploring the Alaskan Tundra, ice roads are often the only way to travel. But, building these roads is complex, often dangerous, and could have long term impacts on the environment. Under a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the NSDSS was developed by the UAF, Texas A&M University, and Atkins Engineering to help the various stakeholders of the ice road planning process to collaboratively design ice roads. Incorporating optimal route finding methods and climate change-aware lake water quantity and quality modeling, the NSDSS provides critical information in support of the annual ice road planning process.