Item: A decade of data dilemma; the development of a relational database at alta, utah
Title: A decade of data dilemma; the development of a relational database at alta, utah
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1998 International Snow Science Workshop, Sunriver, Oregon
Authors: Daniel Howlett, Randy Trover
Abstract: For over ten years Alta Ski Lifts Snow Safety has been developing software specifically for use within the ski area to assist in data collection, graphic display of the data, and archiving the data for query purposes. The primary goals of the software development are directed towards an easy interface to enable avalanche workers to query, with relative ease, any parameter before or after avalanche hazard reduction work. Other goals include transferring the data collected for educational uses to future avalanche hazard forecasters within the program and to assist in creating a daily avalanche hazard forecast. With the advancement of technology in personal computing and remote data acquisition, the possibilities have become infinite concerning what data to collect, the frequency of data collection, and what parameters are relevant to aide the worker in day to day operations. Weather, avalanche, operations, terrain, and snow pit data parameters are discussed. The developmental history of the software has been affected significantly as new programming tools have become available. Advances with hardware have created a perpetual process of reevaluating how much data is too much. This paper presents the past, present, and future development processes.
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Keywords: avalanche forecasting, avalanche types, snow accumulation, snow precipitation
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