Item: Retrospective feedback on the avalanches of february 1999 in the european alps
Title: Retrospective feedback on the avalanches of february 1999 in the european alps
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 International Snow Science Workshop, October 1-6, Big Sky, Montana
Authors: Richard M.Lambert, CISM, University of Savoy, Chambery, France
Abstract: The winter of 1999 was particularly snowy and prone to avalanches on the western side of the alpine arc and several European countries were hit by devastating drypowder snow avalanches.The author has examined the 4 main sites in question (Montroc, Evolime, Morgex, Galtiir) and carried out a synthesis of his research (real catchment area,orientation of slopes,different trajectories,historical precedence...).He makes several proposals, especially as regards cartography, in order to anticipate "extreme" situations and thus to refine risk zoning.
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Keywords: catastrophe, major avalanche, catchmen area, risk cartography
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