Integration of Aviation Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) with Roadside Weather Information Systems (RWIS): Phase II

In 2008, the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University (MSU), in partnership with the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University, conducted a research and development study of the proof-of-concept system for integrating Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) with Roadside Weather Information System (RWIS). That was the first phase. The goal of this multi-phase project is to provide airport managers, air traffic controllers, pilots, and related operators of air ambulance services with more comprehensive and accurate meteorological data by integrating currently used weather systems with systems used by related agencies. Data from aviation AWOS, ASOS (Automated Surface Observing Systems) and surface transportation RWIS have been integrated along with data from third-party providers National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) and MesoWest into the Aviation WeatherShare System to provide greater coverage for multiple agencies. Treating these independent systems as a larger, integrated system provides greater spatial coverage while using existing resources compared to the use of AWOS-ASOS alone. The second phase of the project, developed a business case to help Caltrans to determine whether and how to proceed with full deployment. In addition further system development, to expand the coverage area; improve usability, effectiveness, reliability and scalability; and enhance the system with useful functionality. Promote system usage and awareness through on-going outreach, training and support to multi-agency disciplinary, including those involved with emergency management. Evaluate the system over multiple seasons and with a wider audience of prospective users, and upgrade/update system based upon test user recommendation.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 132p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01596623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA16-1768
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0747
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2016 7:39PM