Unit of Snow and Avalanches


Settlement pressure, mobility and leisure activities involving both the population in the alpine region and tourism can substantially increase the potential avalanche hazard for human beings. Therefore, it is very important to increase also the levels of security. This can only be achieved by developing new and sophisticated tools for the assessment of the potential avalanche hazard for settlements and infrastructure. The Unit of Snow and Avalanches strives to reach this goal through a number of activities.

Scientific bases for these measures are investigations in the fields of snow mechanics, stability, energy and mass balance of snow cover. Our target is to improve methods to enable temporal and spatial prediction of avalanche hazards. Avalanche impacts are studied by means of avalanche dynamic experiments in the laboratory and in situ. Research concentrates on simultaneous measurements of pressures, velocities, internal flows and snow entrainment on different sites along the avalanche path. The results are used for the development, verification, parametrisation and calibration of numeric avalanche dynamic models (SAMOS). These models are used by the Forest Technical Service for Torrent and Avalanche Control (WVL) for hazard zoning.
Research on avalanche protection measures is another priority task of the unit. Activities are completed by surveys and documentation of destructive avalanches.

Priority Areas of Work

  • Snow mechanics
  • Snow cover stability
  • Avalanche dynamics
  • Numeric avalanche simulation models
  • Destructive avalanches
  • Determination of mass and energy balance in snow cover
  • Study of forces and movements in snow cover
  • Measurement of pressures and velocities of avalanches (monitoring)
  • Development and optimisation of avalanche simulation models
  • Verification of avalanche simulation models by means of measuring results
  • Investigation of the impact of new and traditional control measures
  • Development of new tools for the assessment of hazard potentials for settlements and infrastructure
  • Transfer of knowledge to avalanche experts and practitioners
  • Maintenance of a database and documentation of destructive avalanche

Team


Antonia Zeidler
Risk management, Head of Unit
+43-0512-573933 5108 Innsbruck, Room 105


Marc
Adams
GIS, Risk management, PARAMOUNT +43-0512-573933 5177 Innsbruck, Room 106


Peter Andrecs
Analysis of torrent disasters +43-1-87838-2215 Schönbrunn


Jan-Thomas Fischer
SAMOS Optimisation +43-0512-573933 5102 Innsbruck, Room 102


Reinhard Fromm
Snow Models and Mikrometeorology +43-0512-573933 5104 Innsbruck, Room 104

Thomas Gigele
Laboratory +43-0512-573933-5123 Innsbruck, Room 204

Ulrike
Stary
Torrent Research, Hydrology
+43-1-87838-2278 Schönbrunn


Kofler Andreas
                    
Protection Measures
+43 (0) 512-
573 933 5175
Innsbruck, Room 101.12

Contact

Unit for Snow and Avalanches
Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Head of Unit: PhD Antonia Zeidler

Tel. +43-0512-573933-5108, Fax: +43-0512-573933-5250
email: antonia.zeidler@bfw.gv.at

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0

Autor: Zeidler Phd A.

Quelle/URL: https://bfw.ac.at/rz/bfwcms.web?dok=6057