Shallow River Ice Flow Impacts on Critical Infrastructure

Ice jams cause floods that damage critical infrastructure and threaten lives. Ice flows damage piers and other in-river structures. The present project is intended to provide better predictive models for ice flows and ice jams by incorporating high-accuracy field measurements with detailed hydraulics models. In particular, the focus of this project is on shallow, alluvial streams; streams that are subject to the widespread grounding of floating ice. The goals of the project are to (1) measure critical geometries and motions associated with floating and embedded ice – performed using high accuracy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/drone surveys, Structure-from-Motion, and Large-scale Particle Tracking techniques; (2) Map ice jams and upstream ice flows at high spatial resolution – performed using high-accuracy UAS/drone surveys with GNSS/Global Positioning System (GPS) control; and (3) Develop a predictive model for the observed ice jams, a model based on pre-existing hydraulics models and the detailed information collected in the field. The result of the study will be a better predictive model for ice jams in shallow alluvial rivers – a model that will be shared with the Nebraska Department of Transportation and other stakeholders.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $202316
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mid-America Transportation Center

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln

    1400 R Street
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68588
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wood, Richard

  • Start Date: 20211101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-107

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01844244
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2022 2:37PM