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1 3 rd Stakeholder Workshop April 27-28, 2011 Fairbanks, Alaska

2 NSDSS Team Contact Information Bill Schnabel UAF Water and Environmental Research Center Project Manager (907) Chris Arp UAF Water and Environmental Research Center Arctic Hydrologist (907) Stephen Bourne Atkins Water Resources Technology (404) Leslie Gowdish Atkins Water Resources Technology (239) Kelly Brumbelow Texas A&M University, Civil Engineering Water Resources Planning & Mgmt. (979) Walter McDonald Texas A&M University, Civil Engineering Water Resources Planning & Mgmt. (817)

3 Project Team Science Technology Management William Schnabel, UAF Christopher Arp, UAF Kelly Brumbelow, TAMU Walter McDonald, TAMU Stephen Bourne, Atkins Leslie Gowdish, Atkins

4 NSDSS Project Introduction & History Funding from U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory Originally formulated as 3 year project: Phase I (Oct 2008 – Sep 2009) Initial stakeholder input Rapid prototype development Phase II (Oct 2009 – Sep 2010) Stakeholder collaborative testing & refinement Development of full-scale DSS Phase III (Oct 2010 – Sep 2011) Technology transfer and knowledge building Application of full-scale system to case studies

5 Guiding Principles for Building NSDSS 1.Users Wide range of stakeholders: Industry Agencies (local, state, and federal) Regulators and Managers Scientists Academia

6 Guiding Principles for Building NSDSS 2. Purposes Better management of North Slope water resources Ice road planning in medium- to long-term by industry with cost-effective, accessible tools Data access and analysis by agencies to allow efficient, sound decision-making Dissemination of and access to data and research by academics to improve ongoing research

7 Guiding Principles for Building NSDSS 3. The NSDSS … Is not a vehicle to change any legal or regulatory process Is not intended to formalize current processes that are often iterative and discussion-based Can not replace fieldwork important to ice road engineering Does not require sharing of proprietary or confidential data

8 Major NSDSS Components I.Data Bring together disparate data sets Allow users to publish new data sets Inclusion of Gridded Data: Allows use of re-analysis data to fill gaps Climate model outputs available to investigate “what-if” scenarios of future conditions

9 Major NSDSS Components II.Natural Systems Models Understand hydrologic processes relevant to North Slope lakes Incorporate hydrologic understanding into decision- making and planning Water balance models: Not part of current regulatory framework Allows independent verification of long-term lake status Useful for investigating relative role of potential ice road withdrawals

10 Major NSDSS Components III. Ice Road Planning Tool for planning-level evaluation of ice road routes Integrate multiple data sets into planning process Intended for planning-level questions: What lakes might I want to think about permitting? What regulatory issues should I be aware of? What are relative strengths and weaknesses of different corridors I am considering?

11 Desired Workshop Outcomes Overall goal: For stakeholders to recognize applicability of NSDSS technology to their respective needs and achieve consensus on possible future development steps. Outcomes: Identify 5 case studies to demonstrate how NSDSS can be used for North Slope planning, science, and decision making. Gather feedback to improve the NSDSS technology further for usability, content, functionality, and reliability.


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