Item: The development of avalanche education and hazard forecasting in the british isles
Title: The development of avalanche education and hazard forecasting in the british isles
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Steve Blagbrough, 42 Strathspey Ave, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland. U.K.
Abstract: In a 15 year period, 172 people died in the Scottish hills in winter. Of these, 36 were killed in avalanches. In 1988 the government, under considerable pressure from the mountaineering fraternity to reduce this toll decided to fund an avalanche forecasting service that would provide daily reports for two of Scotland's more popular climbing areas, Glencoe and the Northern Cairngorms. Mountaineers were employed to collect snow and weather data and distribute a daily avalanche report through media outlets and local bulletin boards. Encouraged by the publics response to the reports it was decided to establish a third forecasting unit the following season for the area on and around Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At the end of a 2 year trial period the forecasting unit became collectively known as the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.
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Keywords: fatalities, avalanche accidents, accident prevention, avalanche victims, windslab avalanche
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