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Avalanches: A force more deadly than polar bears

16 Feb 2017, NTNU

Avalanches kill far more people on the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard than polar bears ever have. Researchers are working on ways to improve avalanche prediction and protection. Understanding the forces the snow exerts before it slides away in an avalanche can help inform decisions on the construction of protective structures to prevent avalanches from happening.


    Sendai Framework
  • Sendai Focal Point:
    Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security (DSB)
  • Website: http://www.dsb.no
  • Contact:Senior Adviser / Sendai focal point
  • Phone:+47 334 125 00 +47 900 474 15


  • National Platform
  • National Platform Focal Point:
    Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security (DSB)
  • Website: http://www.dsb.no
  • Contact:Senior Adviser / Sendai focal point
  • Phone:+47 334 125 00 +47 900 474 15


  • Hyogo Framework for Action
  • HFA Focal Point:
    Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, Ministry of Justice and Public Security (DSB)
  • Website: http://www.dsb.no
  • Contact:Head of Department
  • Phone:+47 334 125 00 +47 928 205 40
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