Building Better Ice Roads

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities develop...

methods for evaluating northern snowpack water patterns, providing data that will improve safety and aid in the planning, construction, and maintenance of ice roads. 

Ice roads represent crucial winter time links for Northerners. Their reliability rests on proper planning, construction and maintenance. That’s where researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Government of the Northwest Territories come in. The partners are working to expand the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and supply monitoring data needed to manage infrastructure, including ice roads.


Together, they have come up with a way to evaluate snowpack water patterns in the North, which has implications for future construction and maintenance of ice roads.