Item: Major Canadian Avalanches 1970-1976 and the UNESCO Annual Reports
Title: Major Canadian Avalanches 1970-1976 and the UNESCO Annual Reports
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
- C.S.L. Onunanney
Abstract: The purpose of this short paper is to indicate the nature of an existing international reporting system that includes Canadian avalanche events and to provide some brief information on the nature of these events during the-past five years or so. In April 1971, after discussions between UNESCO and The International Commission on Snow and Ice (ICSI), it was decided to include avalanches and disasters caused by glacier phenomena in the Annual Summary of Information on Natural Disasters (UNESCO 1970/1973). The Director of UNESCO's Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Research made arrangements for the appointment of national correspondents in all countries susceptible to such disasters and the ICSI Working Group on Avalanche Classification worked with UNESCO in designing a suitable reporting form. This paper describes the avalanche reporting structure and the role of the National Correspondent. Another aspect of the programme, which is not discussed, concerns the establishment of a team of mission-ready experts, available for visiting the site of a major disaster, and the formulation of standard procedures for investigating such an event.
Language of Article: English
Keywords: avalanche fatalities, avalanche activity
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