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Title: Snow-road construction and maintenance
Authors: Shoop, Sally A. (Sally Annette)
Uberuaga, Julia.
Wieder, Wendy L.
Melendy, Terry D.
Keywords: EPOLAR
McMurdo Station (Antarctica)
Roads--Antarctica--Design Construction
Ross Ice Shelf (Antarctica)
Snow mechanics
Transportation--Cold weather conditions
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL;TR-16-16
Abstract: Abstract: The snow roads at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, are the critical transportation corridors for moving personnel and material to and from the airfields servicing intra- and intercontinental air traffic. The construction, maintenance, and condition of these roads were analyzed during the Snow Roads and Transportation (SRT) program to develop the specific construction and maintenance guidelines presented here. These guidelines aim to allow yearlong transport by the vehicles in the McMurdo fleet and to prevent significant deterioration during the warmer periods of the Antarctic summer. This guidance was provided to the National Science Foundation in 2013 and serves as a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). This document expands on the SOP, providing a thorough strategy for constructing and maintaining snow roads, including additional back-ground information and discussion not included in the SOP. While the methodology is aimed at construction, maintenance, and repairs of the snow roads on the Ross Ice Shelf at McMurdo Station, the information is applicable to other compacted-snow structures, especially those exposed to ground and air vehicle traffic.
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