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Construction of Ice Roads Under Climate Change Conditions

Submitted by Élyse Fournier 10th August 2017 15:06

EBA, 2008


Warming temperatures in northern regions and the associated degradation of permafrost and lake ice cover in cold climates may produce many challenges in the preservation of winter ice roads used for the supply of diesel fuel to communities and mines. Indeed, most engineering projects in the north require a substantial research component in order to understand local conditions and climate trends. Over the past decades, the consulting engineering company EBA developed new practices and technical solutions to manage Arctic infrastructure facing climate variability and long-term changes. For example, increased truck loads on roads built out of snow and ice are allowed while the climate is warming and the ice cover is reducing. Furthermore, EBA has conceived a robust management approach by working with universities and government agencies, such as the University of Alberta and Natural Resources Canada, which might help to obtain quality data and support research on a changing climate and its impacts.

At a Glance

Country: Canada
Industry sector: Transmission, Distribution, and Transfer
Type of resources: Oil
Type of energy: Fuel
Adaptation type: Management Design and operation standards, guidelines, tools and schedules
Organization: EBA University of Alberta Natural Resources Canada
Organization type: Government Research organisation Utility