Item: Avalanche hazard mapping - 30 years experience in austria
Title: Avalanche hazard mapping - 30 years experience in austria
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado
Authors: Siegfried Sauermoser, Austrian Service in Torrent and Avalanche Control, Innsbruck, Austria
Abstract: Natural hazards are increasingly a limiting factor in mountainous countries in connection with the growing population and economical development. People become more and more alienated to environment conditions and are unable to recognize and control natural hazards. On the other hand the demand for safety of life and property is increasing in society and is requested to be transferred from the individuals to the authorities. In this state elaboration and presentation of natural hazards maps like avalanches, floods, debris flows, rockfall and landslides in the mountainous areas of European countries like Austria was started in the last decades. The legal basis and implementation of hazards zoning in Austria with special references to avalanches, the use of run out models, the questions of return periods, safety or risk consequences and acceptance by the people, political and economical consequences and prospective goals of avalanches hazard zoning in the future are briefly presented in the paper.
Keywords: avalanche hazard mapping, austrian service in torrent and avalanche control, natural hazard
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