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Avalanche studies and model validation in Europe

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NORWEGIAN GEOTECHNICAL INSTITUTE
Address
Sognsveien 72
0806 Oslo
Norway

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
Rue De La Papetrie 2 Domaine Universitaire
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
FEDERAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTRE FOR FORESTS, NATURAL HAZARDS AND LANDSCAPE
Austria
Address
1,Hofburg/rennweg 1
6020 Innsbruck
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
12,Inffeldgasse 12
8010 Graz
ICELANDIC METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
Iceland
Address
9,Bustadavegur 9
0150 Reykjavik
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
Address
Via Ferrata, 1
27100 Pavia
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS.
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Silver Street
CB3 9EW Cambridge