Snow Avalanche Hazards and Mitigation in the United States

Snow Avalanche Hazards and Mitigation in the United States

By: Committee on Ground Failure Hazards Mitigation Research (author), National Research Council (author), Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (author), Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems (author)Paperback

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The present mortality as a result of snow avalanches exceeds the average mortality caused by earthquakes as well as all other forms of slope failure combined. Snow avalanches can range from small amounts of loose snow moving rapidly down a slope to slab avalanches, in which large chunks of snow break off and destroy everything in their path. Although considered a hazard in the United States since the westward expansion in the nineteenth century, in modern times snow avalanches are an increasing concern in recreational mountainous areas. However, programs for snow avalanche hazard mitigation in other countries are far ahead of those in the United States. The book identifies several steps that should be taken by the United States in order to establish guidelines for research, technology transfer, and avalanche legislation and zoning.

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Committee on Ground Failure Hazards Mitigation Research, National ResearchCouncil


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1. Snow Avalanche Problems; 4 2. The Avalanche Phnomenon; 5 3. Avalanche Management Policy in the United States; 6 4. An International Perspective on Avalanche Management; 7 5. Avalanche Control; 8 6. Forecasting Avalanches; 9 7. Avalanche Research; 10 8. Problems in Communications; 11 9. Conclusions and Recommendations; 12 References

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309043359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 96
  • ID: 9780309043359
  • ISBN10: 0309043352

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