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Evaluating the stuffblock and tilt board snowpack stability tests as snow avalanche forecasting tools
Submitted by Armida on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:58
|Evaluating the stuffblock and tilt board snowpack stability tests as snow avalanche forecasting tools
|Year of Conference
|Carter, P., Heavner M., and Hood E.
|72nd Annual Western Snow Conference
|Proceedings of the 72nd Annual Western Snow Conference
|Western Snow Conference
|Avalanche, avalanche forecasting, snowpack stability, stuffblock, tilt board
Snow avalanche forecasting relies on, among other factors, an assessment of snowpack stability derived from careful observation of snow cover stratigraphy. Snowpack profiles and stability tests provide quantifiable information about the location and strength of weak layers in the snowpack. This study found: 1) good comparative results between the stuffblock and compression tests and, 2) a relationship between tilt board test results in level study sites and skier-triggered avalanches.