Item: The remote monitoring of avalanche activity
Title: The remote monitoring of avalanche activity
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: G. Statham, A. Wilson, J. Kelly, and R. Bilak, Alpine Specialist, Canmore, Alberta, Canada, 2The University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW., Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T2N 1N4, 3SRAWS, Glacier National Park, Mountain Watch Inc. Suite 900
Abstract: Observing and recording avalanche activity is one of the most important factors when assessing snow stability and preparing a forecast. This information is critical for the optimum timing road closures, explosives control and reopening of avalanche zones. Observing this avalanche activity can be a problem as it requires manpower and time. In remote areas or operations with numerous avalanche paths, this can be impractical if not impossible. Poor visibility or darkness can also hinder the accurate assessment of avalanche control results. The following paper outlines a two year project aimed at developing a remote system of avalanche detection which will provide down avalanche information in real time.
Keywords: starting zones, path, snow stability
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