Item: Engineer and practitioner: a combined effort in avalanche hazard forecasting
Title: Engineer and practitioner: a combined effort in avalanche hazard forecasting
Proceedings: 1984 International Snow Science Workshop, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Authors: William L. Harrison and Mike Wiegele
Abstract: Scientists, engineers, and practioners use methods which appear to differ radically, when dertermining the hazard level of an avalanche prone slope. While the scientist and the engineer can find general agreement in methods and terminology, there is often an ability to communicate between the academic and the experienced practitioner. The authors describe an attempt to merge two approaches in hazard forecasting; one based on engineering principles, and the other on years of practical experience. Intuitive and subjective parameters are examined for conversion into fundamental and quantitative parameters. The paper also describes the use of computer software and hardware to assist with hazard forecasting.
Keywords: hazard, computer software, slope
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