A Regional Pilot Weather Information System for Surface Transportation and Incident Management: Concept of Operations

Surface transportation in the U.S. is constantly threatened by the capricious character of weather. Improving the quality and accessibility of road and weather information may benefit a wide spectrum of weather data users. This paper presents a case study known as the proof-of-concept WeatherShare, an integrated, user-friendly surface transportation weather system for northern California. The goal of WeatherShare is to streamline and integrate currently available road weather data into one single source easily accessible by incident responders and potentially the traveling public, including those from Caltrans Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), California Data Exchange Center, National Weather Service, among other providers in the region. To guide the system design and development, a Concept of Operations (ConOps) was developed to: 1) document the existing system; 2) identify the high-level needs to be addressed; 3) provide a conceptual overview of the desired system; 4) define users and operational scenarios of the proposed system; 5) present operational impacts of the proposed system; and 6) analyze advantages of the proposed system. This work demonstrates an innovative approach to developing a regional pilot weather information system, in which a systems engineering approach was used to incorporate stakeholder input and feedback throughout the iterative development process.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1096-1106
  • Monograph Title: CICTP 2012: Multimodal Transportation Systems—Convenient, Safe, Cost-Effective, Efficient

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  • Accession Number: 01501037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784412442
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2013 2:35PM