Item: 1985 – 2009 twenty-five years of avalanche accidents in italy
Title: 1985 – 2009 twenty-five years of avalanche accidents in italy
Proceedings: International Snow Science Workshop, Davos 2009, Proceedings
Authors: Valt M.1,2 , Chiambretti I 2., and Zasso R. 1 1 ARPAV- Centro Valanghe Arabba, Italy 2 AINEVEA, Trento, Italy
Abstract: Italy’s avalanche accidents data bank was carried out by AINEVA and stores more than 800 events between 1985 and 2009 period. Data bank files primary accidents information such as: number of people caught or buried, type of activity etc., as well as, for several records, morphological information on the detached avalanches. This work gives an account of avalanche accidents situation on the southern side of the Alps, with respect to caught categories, methods of detection of buried victims, survival percentages and main morphometric values of detached avalanches such as slope gradient, aspect, elevation by geographic area. Results are compared with similar papers for the northern Alps. Besides, following types of accidents and caught categories, an evolutionary trend, over time, of victims behaviours is delineated. Finally this work analyses the relationship between avalanche accidents and southern Alps snow cover average values during the last two decades.
Keywords: avalanche accidents, danger degree, mountain professional, rescue
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