Articles | Volume 23, issue 5
Research article
10 May 2023
Research article |  | 10 May 2023

A user perspective on the avalanche danger scale – insights from North America

Abby Morgan, Pascal Haegeli, Henry Finn, 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 egusphere-2022-764', Anonymous Referee #1, 05 Sep 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Pascal Haegeli, 17 Jan 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-764', Frank Techel, 29 Nov 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Pascal Haegeli, 17 Jan 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (22 Jan 2023) by Sven Fuchs
AR by Pascal Haegeli on behalf of the Authors (31 Mar 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (01 Apr 2023) by Sven Fuchs
AR by Pascal Haegeli on behalf of the Authors (02 Apr 2023)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
The avalanche danger scale is a critical component for communicating the severity of avalanche hazard conditions to the public. We examine how backcountry recreationists in North America understand and use the danger scale for planning trips into the backcountry. Our results provide an important user perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the existing scale and highlight opportunities for future improvements.
Final-revised paper