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Towards better forecasts of slab avalanches

31 Jan 2017, EPFL

A team of researchers have developed a new model that describes how slab avalanches release. The new model opens a promising prospect for improving avalanche forecasting by combining traditional stability indices with a new index that quantifies the likelihood for cracks to propagate. In the long run, it will allow improving avalanche forecasting.


    Sendai Framework
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    Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT (PLANAT)
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    Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT (PLANAT)
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    Swiss National Platform for Natural Hazards, PLANAT (PLANAT)
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  • Phone:+41 584 641 781 +41 791 725 405


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