Aurora Program

The Aurora Program is a consortium of public road agencies focused on collaborative research, evaluation, and deployment of advanced technologies for detailed road weather monitoring and forecasting. Members seek to implement advanced road weather information systems (RWIS) that fully integrate state-of-the-art roadway and weather forecasting technologies with coordinated, multi-agency weather monitoring infrastructures. Aurora's research projects are designed to improve the efficiency of highway maintenance operations and distribute effective real-time information to travelers. Its initiatives are expected to result in technological advancement and improvement of existing RWIS, significantly reducing the adverse impacts of inclement weather on mobility. Six primary goals are to: (1) improve dissemination of road weather information to transportation providers and end users, ultimately increasing safety by reducing potential weather-related incidents and improving transportation safety, reliability, and mobility in both urban and rural areas; (2) improve the efficiency of maintenance operations; (3) aid in the development of technologies that seamlessly integrate to facilitate the formation of partnerships between maintenance and operations and facilitate the dissemination of road weather information; (4) develop initiatives that assist public agencies in deploying RWIS technologies and methodologies; (5) encourage greater cooperation and information exchange between transportation agencies and the other agencies and groups; and (6) support development of expanded uses of RWIS technologies. Defined areas of interest on which to focus its research program are: Decision Support Systems, Meso-scale Modeling, standards and Architecture; Small-scale Modeling and Analysis, Information Dissemination Technologies; Equipment Evaluations, Road Condition Monitoring; Innovative weather-related Data Collection and Dissemination Instrumentation and Methodologies.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01582988
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(290)
  • Created Date: Dec 22 2015 1:01AM