Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1141–1158, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1141-2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1141–1158, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1141-2018

Research article 12 Apr 2018

Research article | 12 Apr 2018

Characterizing the nature and variability of avalanche hazard in western Canada

Bret Shandro and Pascal Haegeli

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Incident Report Database Avalanche Canada http://www.avalanche.ca/forecasts/archives

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While the concept of snow and avalanche climates is widely used to describe the general nature of avalanche hazard, no research has described the hazard character of avalanche climates in detail. We use Canadian avalanche bulletin data that use the conceptual model of avalanche hazard from 2009/2010 to 2016/2017 to identify common hazard situations and calculate their seasonal prevalence. Our results provide detailed insights into the nature and variability of avalanche hazard in western Canada.
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