Outlook poor: time and again, extreme weather events hamper land-based transportation. Scientists are now working on a forecasting tool in a project in which DB Schenker participates. Photo: iStock/Lalocracio
The frequency of extreme weather patterns is increasing worldwide – and with it the danger of disruptions in the supply chain, for example because trucks are held up by hailstorms or heavy snow. To gain a better understanding and improve the ability to predict such weather-related disruptions is the aim of the MeteoValue-live research project, which has now been launched in Germany at the Jade University of Applied Sciences – with the participation of DB Schenker.
The scientists working on this project led by Michael Klafft, Professor of Business Informatics, want to analyze how extreme weather conditions influence delivery traffic, among other things. The objective is to provide land transportation companies with a service portfolio that includes weather forecasts, a route-based alert system and information about the availability of parking.
MeteoValue-live will run until the summer of 2022. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) under the research initiative Modernity Fund (mFUND). Other partners in the project include the long-distance bus operator FlixMobility and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS.