Improving air traffic management group decision-making during severe convective weather
There is an urgent need to enhance the efficiency of United States (U.S.) air traffic management (ATM) decision-making when convective weather occurs. Thunderstorm ATM decisions must be made under considerable time pressure with inadequate information (e.g., missing or ambiguous), high stakes, and poorly defined procedures. Often, multiple decisions are considered simultaneously; each requiring coordination amongst a heterogeneous set of decision-makers. Recent operational experience in the use of improved convective weather decision support systems in the Northeast quadrant of the U.S. is reviewed in the context of literature on individual and team decision-making in complex environments. Promising areas of research are identified.