Automated Analysis of Wildlife-Vehicle Conflict Hotspots Using Carcass and Collision Data

States increasingly maintain databases of wildlife-vehicle conflict (WVC), including locations of carcasses and crashes involving animals. Once these data are collected, a common and expensive barrier before they can be used in safety and environmental planning is identification of “hotspots” of incidents (here defined as locations of high-rates and/or statistically-significant clusters). The research team have pioneered app and web-based reporting and visualization systems for carcass and crash data for California. The team propose to develop a web-based analytical environment that state departments of transportation (DOTs) can use to automate certain analyses of WVC hotspots in order to inform planning to improve driver and wildlife safety. The system will be available to DOTs in one of 3 forms: 1) used on Road Ecology Center (REC) servers with administrative password-protection for the DOT, 2) used on REC servers with public facing features and usability, and 3) exportable to local/DOT servers to set up and run. The system will either ingest data in spreadsheet form, prepared by the user, or operate based on automated ingestion of data from web-based sources. The team will work with CA, CO, MN, NJ, NV, and TX DOTs and their wildlife agency partners to ensure that the features are generally useable for DOTs.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $124000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

      Pacific Southwest Region 9 UTC

      650 Childs Way
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University of California, Davis

      1 Shields Ave
      Davis, California  United States  95616

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Principal Investigators:

      Shilling, Fraser

    • Start Date: 20180101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01652801
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
    • Contract Numbers: 17-F13-UCD
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Dec 1 2017 11:06AM