Using Weather Information to Improve Route Planning

  • Paul Litzinger
  • Gerhard Navratil
  • Åke Sivertun
  • Daniela Knorr
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

Weather has a significant influence on navigation processes. Driving during a heavy rain, for example, is slower and due to poor visibility more dangerous than driving in perfect weather conditions. Thus from time management and safety perspective including weather information is beneficial. Weather, especially rain may also be critical for transportation tasks since some commodities like straw or sand should not get wet. In the last years, the quality of weather information and weather forecast has improved and could be used to improve route planning.The paper discusses how weather information can be included in route planning algorithms. A first approximating algorithm to incorporate weather forecast data is presented. Some examples showing the impact on route planning conclude the paper.

Keywords

Navigation Route planning Weather predictions Approximating algorithm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Litzinger
    • 1
  • Gerhard Navratil
    • 2
  • Åke Sivertun
    • 3
  • Daniela Knorr
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences Technikum WienViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Geoinformation and CartographyVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  3. 3.Swedish National Defence CollegeStockholmSweden
  4. 4.UBIMET GmbHViennaAustria

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