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Success Story: Guiding Infrastructure Decisions in Permafrost Zones

April 15, 2021

Success Story: Guiding Infrastructure Decisions in Permafrost Zones

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Positive change is more likely if you can get useful knowledge into the hands of decision-makers. We have the technical know-how to tackle the challenge of permafrost degradation but if our decision-makers are unaware of what’s possible, they may not know where to invest their valuable resources to make their communities as durable and resilient as they can be.

Standards can help.

CSA PLUS 4011 provides just such a guide for building infrastructure in permafrost.  It provides important guidance on climate change adaptation that is designed to help those with a role in planning, purchasing, developing, or operating community infrastructure. This technical guide will help them better understand the role of climate change in infrastructure planning, what things should be considered when building on permafrost, and what types of foundations work best for different circumstances. In short, it helps decision-makers make the best infrastructure decisions for the future of their communities.

“The guideline helps practitioners and decision-makers reach a common understanding of the risks associated with a potential development.  For the practitioner, there is initial guidance on climate change projections.  For the decision-maker, there is descriptive background information.  These facets lead to a framework to develop a sound approach to properly assessing and controlling those risks.” – Ed Hoeve, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

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