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

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.

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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

Administrative Contact

Patrick LAVARDE

Participants (10)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy

NORWEGIAN WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY DIRECTORATE

Norway

OFFICE NATIONAL DES FORÊTS

France

SERVICE DES FORETS ET DU PAYSAGE

Switzerland

SOCIETA METEOROLOGICA SUBALPINA

Italy

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

Iceland

UNIVERSITY OF OSLO

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVG1-CT-2000-00018

  • Start date

    1 January 2001

  • End date

    31 December 2003

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 325 509

  • EU contribution

    € 647 624

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS

France