Item: Supplying the catalan pyrenees (spain) with a public avalanche warning system
Title: Supplying the catalan pyrenees (spain) with a public avalanche warning system
Proceedings: 1990 International Snow Science Workshop, Bigfork, Montana USA, October 9-13
Authors: Gloria FURDADA; Joan Manuel VILAPLANA; and Xavier BOSCH, Pere MARTINEZ.
Abstract: Catalonia is a country with an important mountaineering tradition. Moreover, there has been a winter tourism boom over the last 10 years. This phenomenon has caused a surge in mountaineering, with an increase in ski resorts, buildings, roads and other facilities. In answer to this situation, we have created in 1987 a program to reduce avalanche risk in the Catalan Pyrenees. One of the aims of the program is the establishing of a Public Avalanche Warning System, which requires the setting up of an observers network. We have been running courses to train observers for such a network. On the other hand, there is the question of public information and education. This is being achieved in different ways: - Talks to alpine clubs about avalanche risk. - Design and distribution of a leaflet in the community affected by the avalanche phenomenon (mountain huts, ski resorts, climbing clubs, sport shops), so as to collect information on avalanche activity and location from random observers. This leaflet is proving to be useful for compiling data and for providing information to the public about the project. - Design of another leaflet about the Risk Scale and the telephone numbers to be contacted for information. It will be handed out in October, 1990. We are also in touch with Catalan Television and Radio with an aim to broadcasting a weekly bulletin during the winter season. We hope the Public Avalanche Warning System will be operative by next season.
Keywords: tourism, mountaineering, weekly bulletin
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