Item: A gis database for avalanche forecasting in colorado
Title: A gis database for avalanche forecasting in colorado
Proceedings: 2010 International Snow Science Workshop
Authors: Douglas Scott1* and Ethan Greene2 1Avalanche Mapping, Lafayette, Colorado, U.S.A. 2Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
Abstract: The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a statewide avalanche forecasting and education group. The CAIC produces avalanche safety products for both transportation and recreation applications. The Center’s operational responsibility covers a large geographic area including 30 road sections and over 120,000 km2 of backcountry. Forecasters require access to vast amounts of data while composing avalanche safety products and have limited time to find and retrieve it. Over the past 5 years the staff of the CAIC worked with Avalanche Mapping to create a GIS database of information applicable to their forecasting operation. This is an ongoing project as data and data categories are added each day and each year.
Keywords: avalanches, avalanche forecasting, geographic information systems (gis), geographic information systems (gis)