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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-157
Date: October 2003-September 2005
Technical Publications Catalog
Road Weather Management Summary
From 2001 to 2003, the FHWA Road Weather Management program partnered with the National Weather Service (NWS) to conduct five research projects through the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET). This document summarizes the five research projects, including research results and lessons learned. It concludes with general recommendations for all State departments of transportation (DOT) to inform future collaborative research efforts.
Collaborative Research on Road Weather Observations and Predictions by Universities, State DOTs and National Weather Service Forecast Offices
The FHWA Road Weather Management program partnered with the NWS to sponsor five research projects through COMET. The goal was to create teams of personnel from State DOTs, NWS weather forecast offices, and universities to foster collaborative and productive relationships between meteorological and transportation agencies. These teams were to use data from Road Weather Information Systems to improve the utilization of these data in both weather and transportation operations and to create new predictive algorithms for use in road maintenance activities. Such advances in road weather management ultimately will improve mobility on the roads and State DOT productivity in operations.