Item: Avalanche balloons - preliminary test results
Title: Avalanche balloons - preliminary test results
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Frank Tschirky and Jurg Schweizer, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Weissfluhjoch, CH-7260 Davos Dort, Switzerland, phone: +41 81 417 0222 fax: +41 81 4170220 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Avalanche balloons are considered as rescue devices to prevent avalanche burial. Based on a limited number of test results and field experience the effectiveness of avalanche balloons is preliminarily assessed. The results suggest that the avalanche balloon is effective in reducing the frequency and extent of burial in avalanches. However, the limits of effectiveness could not be determined and many questions remain unresolved.
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Keywords: avalanche accident, avalanche rescue
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