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Title: A comprehensive approach to data collection, management, and visualization for terrain characterization in cold regions
Authors: Baxter, W. Brad
Barker, Amanda J.
Beal, Samuel A.
Bosche, Lauren V.
Busby, Ryan R.
Courville, Zoe R.
Deeb, Elias J.
Doherty, Stacey J.
Douglas, Thomas A.
Gelvin, Arthur B.
Jones, Robert M.
Sullivan, Taylor D.
Vas, Dragos A.
Barbato, Robyn A.
Keywords: Arctic operations
Landscape monitoring
Long-Term datasets
Terrain characterization
Terrestrial LiDAR
Remote sensing
Cold regions
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TR-24-4
Abstract: As global focus shifts to northern latitudes for their enhanced access to newly viable resources, US Army operational readiness in these extreme environments is increasingly important. Rapid and accurate intelligence on the conditions influencing operations in these regions is essential to mission success and warfighter safety. Arctic and boreal environments are highly heterogeneous, including changing extents of frozen versus thawing ground, snow, and ice that affect ground trafficability and visibility, terrain physics, and physicochemical properties of water and soil. Furthermore, projected climatic warming in these regions makes the timing of seasonal transitions increasingly uncertain. Broad coverage of long-term datasets is critical for assessing spatial and temporal variability in these northern environments at the landscape-scale. However, decadal measurements are difficult to acquire, manage, and visualize in the field setting. Here, we present a synopsis of data collection, management, and visualization for long-term permafrost, snow, vegetation, geophysics, and biogeochemical data from Alaska and review related literature. We also synthesize short-term data from various permafrost affected sites in the US and northern Europe to further assess the state of northern landscapes. Altogether, this work provides a comprehensive approach for high-latitude field site management to accurately inform mission-related operations in extreme northern environments.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TR-24-4
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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