Item: Canadian avalanche hazard mapping project
Title: Canadian avalanche hazard mapping project
Proceedings: 2002 International Snow Science Workshop, Penticton, British Columbia
Authors: Chris Stethem,David McClung, Bruce Jamieson and Peter Schaerer, Chris Stethem & Assoc. Ltd., University of British Columbia, University of Calgary
Abstract: The objectives of the Canadian Avalanche Hazard Mapping project were to prepare uniform national guidelines for risk analysis and avalanche mapping, to inform land managers about recognition and mitigation of avalanche hazards and to develop a training course in avalanche mapping for land use planning. Uniform practices for evaluation of avalanche risk and facility planning should result in reduced loss of life and property damage. Risk determination under the Canadian Guidelines includes avalanche return period, the probable consequences of an avalanche and probable exposure to the avalanche. Consequences are defined by predicted avalanche impact pressure or destructive potential based on the five part Canadian system for classifying avalanche size.
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Keywords: avalanche, risk, mapping
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