Item: Means for location of avalaj.'jche victims in the past and in the future
Title: Means for location of avalaj.'jche victims in the past and in the future
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: R. Eigenmann
Abstract: The initial purpose of our Foundation was to provoke the interest of both creators and users in technical instruments for location of avalanche victims. The result was very positive. Our more recent goal is to achieve a better understanding between those who are able to develop new equipment and those who will use it (trying to prevent useless instruments from coming on the market) and concentrating all efforts to create really effective location tools. We organized a first Symposium in Davos, Switzerland (Fond. Int. "V. Eigenmann", 1963) and a second one in Su1den, Italy (Fond. Int.· "V. Eigenmann' 1975). These were attended by many people from both the technical and rescue fields. All came with good intentions. However, the degree of mutual understanding was low at Davos and still limited in Su1den. Thus, I will try here to explain again what we think to be the technological possibilities for locating victims in the future, comparing advantages and disadvantages of traditional means with those that could be developed. I will limit this review to those systems which our scientists judge worthy to be developed or at least worthy to be thoroughly studied.
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Keywords: victims, search instruments, rescue dogs, probes, transceivers
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