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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-1973-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-22-1973-2022
Research article
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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

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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.
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