Project duration:

January 1st, 2004 to September 30, 2006


NaDesCoR - Naturgefahrenberatung D. Issler, Davos

tur GmbH, Davos

AlpuG GmbH Alpine Umweltgefahren H. Gubler, Davos

GEOTEST AG, Filiale Graubünden, Davos

Principal investigator:

Dr. Dieter Issler, NaDesCoR

Main goals and objectives:

Improve our understanding of the physical processes in avalanches and of the conditions under which these processes occur (in particular different flow regimes, snow entrainment and deposition, formation of powder snow avalanches)
Practical recommendations for the assessment of avalanche problems and situations that are difficult to model reliably
Investigate influence of geomorphological factors on the formation and flow of avalanches
Improved dynamical models applicable in avalanche hazard mapping


Detailed investigation of avalanche deposits in the Davos area (directly after the event and in the following summer)
Use of radar, ultrasonic distance sensors, etc. where indicated
Analysis of well documented avalanches with unusual features
Contribution to the development of new dynamical avalanche flow models within the EU project SATSIE
Publication of results in international research journals and dissemination among avalanche practitioners through documents adapted to their use and requirements


Avalanche Studies and Model Validation in Europe (SATSIE)
(This is an RTD project in the 5th Framework Programme of the European Union.)

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