Center for Safety Equity in Transportation

rural • isolated • tribal • indigenous

Evaluating Ground Penetrating Radar Measurements for River Ice Travel Applications

  • Active

    CSET Project #: 2010

    Project Funding: University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • Start Date: August 2020

    End Date: July 2022

    Budget: $150000

Principal Investigator(s)

Svetlana Stuefer

Dr. Svetlana Stuefer is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Water and Environmental Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her specialization is in the cold region’s hydrology with an emphasis on the snow and ice related processes. She continuously worked on Arctic field data collection (snow, precipitation, streamflow, ice) and on using these data for building tools for engineering analysis and design in Alaska. Her recent research activities include ground-penetrating radar (GPR) applications for transportation safety on rivers in rural Alaska. Dr. Stuefer received her Ph.D. from the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia. She joined the Water and Environmental Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Stuefer’s research can be viewed at ORCID

Project Summary

This project seeks to provide insight into applicability of GPR surveys for minimizing environmental risks that affect communities relying on river ice transportation routes. Specifically, we will analyze measurements from different frequency GPR antennas to distinguish layers of different ice types and to relate GPR measurements to the overall ice cover strength.