A Prototype Tool for Estimating Travel Times that Incorporates Environmental Variables

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Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.

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Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.


Determining how elevation, slope, temperature, weather conditions, time of day, group composition, size of group, average weight of load carried, use of pack animals, and length of the path affect the speed at which a person or group moves is an important concept to recreational hikers, and in the defense and intelligence communities. Having a tool available in ArcMap that calculates the travel time for a specific path based on these variables is useful in several different applications. After researching the effects of the above variables, a tool that calculates the time it takes to travel over a certain path has been developed. Which allows the user to select specific subgroups for each variable, and then the tool calculates the time it takes to travel the path depending on the set of variables chosen.

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