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Survay and prevention of extreme glaciological hazards in european montainous regions (GLACIORISK)

Objective

Glacier catastrophes like extreme floods due to lake outburst or sudden draining of internal water pockets and devastating ice avalanches are scarce but highly dangerous because unpredictable. Today, dangerous sites like moraine dammed lakes or serac falls are NOT systematically surveyed, by lack of knowledge and financial support. Dangerous sites are hundreds in Europe (F, CH, I, A, N, IS). Because of varying environmental and climatological conditions (increasing tourism, global change inducing a glacier retreat in the Alps-), the risk is increasing. The fight against this hazard starts with the development of a database gathering every information on past events and on actual dangerous sites. A durable network of field technicians will permanently up-date this database. Scientific studies on each phenomenon will be conducted on selected sites. Survey techniques and methods will be elaborated and tested in order to prevent and mitigate new catastrophes.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
Address
Rue De La Papetrie 2 Domaine Universitaire
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
France

Participants (10)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Molière 54, Université De Grenoble 1
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Strada Delle Cacce 73
10135 Torino (Turin)
NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE
Norway
Address
Middelthuns Gate 29
0301 Oslo
OFFICE NATIONAL DES FORÊTS
France
Address
Quai Créqui 9
38000 Grenoble
SERVICE DES FORETS ET DU PAYSAGE
Switzerland
Address
Batiment Mutua
1951 Sion
SOCIETA METEOROLOGICA SUBALPINA
Italy
Address
Via G. Re 86
10146 Torino (Turin)
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
37-39,Gloriastrasse 37-39
8092 Zurich
UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND
Iceland
Address
Hagi Holsvallagata 53
107 Reykjavik
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Mollke Moes Vei 85
0316 Oslo
UNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG
Austria
Address
Heilbrunner Strasse 34
5020 Salzburg