Adaptive Management to Improve Deicing Operations

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  06/22/2017


The goal of our research is to find ways to further reduce the use of deicing salts by linking automatically collected data from salting trucks to automatically collected water quality data. Our outcomes would take adaptive management (AM) for de-icing operations to a new level that, achieving both traffic mobility goals and water quality goals (lower chloride, Cl). We will communicate this information throughout the state through a series of workshops for public works audiences (led by Fortin Consulting), a web-based AM tool (e.g., a simple spreadsheet tool) and documentation, an online video presentation, and presentation of findings at several professional conferences.

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