Item: Blowing snowand avalanches
Title: Blowing snowand avalanches
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: G, Guyomarc'h, L. Merindol, T, Castelle, F. Sivardiere, L. Buisson
Abstract: Blowing snow is one of the most important factors for avalanche forecasting, but the effect of this phenomenon is difficult to quantify and most observations are based on experience. The importance of this phenomenon has been known for a long time, essentially through empirical and field observations. However, the transport of snow by wind is not actually taken into account in most of models for avalanche hazard forecasting. The objectives of our research is to fill this void, in a first time by field measurements and then by developing models to help avalanche forecasters. Over the last five years, three laboratories, specialized on snow research, have conducted a research program called "Snow, Wind and Avalanches". In this paper we describe experiments conducted in a high altitude site equipped for this aim.
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Keywords: blowing snow, forecasting, slab, snow crystals
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