Item: The new westwide avalanche network
Title: The new westwide avalanche network
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Bruce Tremper, Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, Dan Judd, Judd Communications, Daniel Howlett, Alta Lifts, Randy Trover, Snowbird Ski Area Mark Moore, Northwest Avalanche Center, Dale Atkins, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Kevin Heineken, Aspe
Abstract: The Westwide Avalanche Network is an Internet computer site expressly designed for the professional avalanche community. It allows avalanche professionals to effectively share data and communicate with their peers on subjects such as explosives, avalanche accidents, mountain weather and snow stability and keep abreast of the rapidly changing state of the art. By sharing critical information on a timely basis, avalanche professionals can do their jobs better and more safely. The Westwide Avalanche Network web site is separated into three sections with increasing levels of security. The section open to the general public includes all available public avalanche advisories from throughout the world, real-time data from selected automated mountain stations and general avalanche news and information. The Data Exchange section is reserved for professional members of the American Association of Avalanche Professionals and the Canadian Avalanche Association. It contains up-to-date weather data and summaries of avalanche activity from ski areas, highway control programs and helicopter skiing operations, SNOTEL data as well as the news group, "Electronic Patrol Shack." The final, the Industry Information Exchange is reserved for organizations which are permitted explosives users in the avalanche industry and active avalanche forecasting and control operations. This section will contain detailed avalanche occurrence information, important updates for users of explosives, avalaunchers, military weapons, avalanche accidents at commercial operations and other important mountain weather or avalanche-related news which keeps users abreast of the current state of the art of avalanche forecasting and control. Users can receive this information on a timely basis by an electronic mailing list.
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Keywords: westwide, avalanche, internet, computer
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