close ties to operational applications. Given the large investment in aviation weather that the nation has made in the last decade or so, learning from and collaborating with the aviation research community should be an early step in the development of a national road weather research program.
Recommendation: Seek out synergies and efficiencies between road weather research and parallel efforts regarding other modes of transportation.
The committee recommends that the road weather research program routinely monitor research parallel to surface operations in aviation, rail, and transit to exploit applicable overlap. Many aspects of the proposed road weather research program could benefit research in aviation, rail, and other modes of transportation. Indeed, there are many synergies and efficiencies to be gained by coordinating research on meteorological phenomena that affect all modes and on the development of decision support resources. In particular the well-established aviation weather research programs offers many lessons learned that should be examined by the emerging road weather research program.