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dc.contributor.authorSquier, David
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-01T22:29:54Z
dc.date.available2016-06-01T22:29:54Z
dc.date.issued2016-05-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/6586
dc.descriptionPresented to the Faculty of the University of Alaska Anchorage in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCTIC ENGINEERINGen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper examined the challenges of designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining an effective solid waste management system in northern Alaska. Northern Alaska presents unique challenges for developing an effective solid waste management plan. The communities in the region are not connected to the road system and the main strategy for disposing of solid waste is by developing aboveground landfills. This strategy has been used for many years, but as communities are increasing in size and the effects of climate change are becoming apparent, an adjustment in this strategy may be required. This research examined the current solid waste practices in northern Alaskan, reviews the regulatory requirements, isolates difficulties in current solid waste practices, identifies the unique challenges of working in the region, and anticipates operational practices that may create problems in the future. A main topic of study was the effect of the heat generated by exposed and decomposing waste in landfills and how this could affect the stability of the permafrost below and around the landfill. After accounting for all of the aspects identified, design and operational recommendations and strategies for solid waste management in northern Alaska were outlined. This paper considered solutions not only for current problems facing northern Alaska, but tried to anticipate what problems may occur decades or centuries in the future when conditions may be vastly different than they are today. An effective solid waste management strategy was found to be essential for a healthy community for current and future generations.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsSignature Page / Title Page / Abstract / Table of Contents / List of Figures / List of Tables / List of Abreviations / Introduction / Current Solid Waste Practices / Landfill Types / Solid Waste Regulations / Permafrost and Landfills / Heat Generation from Municipal Solid Waste / Design Challenges and Solutions / Landfill Operational Considerations and Solutions / Community Challenges and Solutions / Landfill Closure and Post-Closure Considerations / Conclusion / Referencesen_US
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dc.publisherUniversity of Alaska Anchorageen_US
dc.titleDesign and Operational Challenges and Solutions for Solid Waste Management in Northern Alaskaen_US
dc.typeReporten_US
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