Articles | Volume 22, issue 6
Research article
14 Jun 2022
Research article |  | 14 Jun 2022

Travel and terrain advice statements in public avalanche bulletins: a quantitative analysis of who uses this information, what makes it useful, and how it can be improved for users

Kathryn C. Fisher, Pascal Haegeli, and Patrick Mair


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-324', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Dec 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Pascal Haegeli, 05 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-324', Anonymous Referee #2, 09 Dec 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Pascal Haegeli, 05 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Feb 2022) by Sven Fuchs
AR by Pascal Haegeli on behalf of the Authors (28 Apr 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2022) by Sven Fuchs
Short summary
Avalanche bulletins include travel and terrain statements to provide recreationists with tangible guidance about how to apply the hazard information. We examined which bulletin users pay attention to these statements, what determines their usefulness, and how they could be improved. Our study shows that reducing jargon and adding simple explanations can significantly improve the usefulness of the statements for users with lower levels of avalanche awareness education who depend on this advice.
Final-revised paper