The SATSIE project will contribute to sustainable development in Europe's mountain regions through (i) substantially improved tools for hazard mapping, (ii) design criteria for protection dams and (iii) low-cost radar systems for monitoring and managing avalanche hazard in critical locations. The emphasis is on improving the physical basis of dynamical avalanche models, in particular on modelling the flow regimes and the rates of snow entrainment and suspension. Experiments are carried out at full-scale avalanche test sites and in laboratory chutes. Previously developed impact models will be validated through measurements at full-scale dams. For research and monitoring purposes, novel sensors measuring important parameters inside the flowing avalanche are developed. Intensive collaboration between partners and dissemination of results through handbooks and courses will bring increased competence to all countries concerned by avalanches.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CB3 9EW Cambridge