Avalanche studies in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado

TitleAvalanche studies in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1973
AuthorsArmstrong, R. L.
Conference Name41st Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 41st Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1973
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationGrand Junction, Colorado
KeywordsAvalanche, Physical properties, Project skywater, Statistical evaluation

This publication contains an overview of the snow avalanche research activities being conducted by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. The research is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation with the objective being to develop a forecast model for avalanche occurrence in an area of the San Juan Mountains being considered as a possible target area for the cloud seeding operations of Project Skywater. The field methods being used to acquire data regarding avalanche occurrence are described. In addition, research directed towards establishing an Avalanche Zoning Plan for San Juan County and the town of Silverton is described.