In this article, statistical analyses are made by Birmingham ice prediction service (bips), of the accuracy of predictions from the 'open road' service. 'open road' is the road weather prediction service of the meteorological office in conjunction with thermal mapping international. A range of ice prediction systems from five weather centres are used to compare the predicted road surface temperatures with actual temperatures. Results show overall good levels of accuracy. Research is continuing to improve the performance of ice prediction models. Savings can be achieved in salting roads using such models. In hereford and worcester, reductions in salt usage of 35.5%, and savings of 88,000 were achieved in the winter of 1987/88.

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  • Authors:
    • THORNES, J
    • Fairmaner, W
  • Publication Date: 1989-9-21


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 21-4
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 172
    • Issue Number: 5063
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498116
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM