Volume 58(2) — April 2009

Meteorological services for transportation

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Weather and climate change implications for surface transportation in the USA
By Marjorie McGuirk, Scott Shuford, Thomas C. Peterson and Paul Pisano

Weather affects the operation of the transportation systems that we all rely on—from automobiles slowed by a wet surface, to delivery trucks delayed by high winds, to passenger trains stalled by ice and snow.

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Meteorological services to aviation
By Chi Ming Shun, Ian Lisk, Carr McLeod and Kevin L. Johnston

Wilbur also requested and scrutinized US Weather Bureau data, and selected Kitty Hawk after writing to the government meteorologist stationed there.

Thus began a relationship between aviators and meteorologists in the lead-up to the first controlled powered flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903.

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Meteorology for travellers
By S.T. Christopher

Everyone travels at some time in his or her life. With the advent of low-cost air travel, more people travel farther and faster than ever before in human history.

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Meteorology and marine transportation
By Peter Dexter and Phillip Parker

According to the Book of Genesis, the third day of the creation process saw the separation of land and sea. This clearly provided a medium for transportation over long distances for the humans still to be created and at the same time laid the groundwork for the new science and profession of marine meteorology.

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Weather monitoring and forecasting services for provincial highways and railways in China
by Yan Mingliang, Yuan Chengsong and Pan Xinmin

Along with the rapid increases in volumes of traffic, safety has become an increasing challenge. Severe weather is one of the main causes of traffic accidents.

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