Research Archive

Appendix C

Track 2 – Identify Candidate Strategies and Applications

This phase will identify a number of strategies to improve environmental decisions by public agencies and consumers or to improve environmental outcomes through ITS strategies. A key component of this step is to undertake initial benefit/cost analyses and modeling for the purpose of identifying a preliminary set of candidate applications/strategies.
The approach may include:

  • Screening and characterization of applications/strategies - Candidate applications/strategies identified and a knowledge base will be developed and characterized sufficiently to enable initial evaluation. This will include the definition of preliminary data requirements.
  • Assessing technology needs – Some of the applications/strategies are likely to need technologies beyond data to enable them, and these technologies must be assessed. In some cases, experimental prototypes or models will be developed or other testing conducted in order to fully understand the technologies needed to achieve an environmental improvement strategy and to assess their potential.
  • Review and down-select – The candidate applications/strategies will be reviewed with various stakeholder communities and the most promising initial applications/strategies will be selected for further analyses. Criteria will include stakeholders’ acceptance of the strategies with respect to state of the research, research investments already made or anticipated, size and significance of the environmental improvements expected, and potential for deployment. This down-select of applications/strategies will necessarily depend upon others’ research and other available information, which must be validated in subsequent research by this project.