Supply Chain Design with Emission Considerations

The Arctic Science Division of NSF manages scientific research activities in the Arctic region. Summit in Greenland is one of the most active sites under the jurisdiction of NSF. Due to its remoteness, the operations at the site are challenging and costly. On top of the actual operations, the logistics services pose unique challenges including limited transportation options and frequency, high fuel costs, and time constrained access. Moving forward, in operating the site NSF faces several uncertainties such as the unpredictable span of future research activities, logistics costs, and environmental consequences. In collaboration with NSF and service providers a holistic operations model will be developed. The model will rigorously capture the peculiar aspects of operating within the Arctic Circle and the inherent uncertainties. The model solutions will provide a strategic plan to NSF to assist in future handling of Summit. The solutions will specify logistic operations, and acceptable energy options – renewable energy deployments – and their emission implications. The decision makers at NSF will be equipped with a tool capable of estimating the total future costs of operating the site and the underlying operations strategies. Key performance indicators will also by analyzed and aligned with the model’s objectives. The solutions will explicitly take into account the uncertainties thus providing robust plans.