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Conceptual approach to the study of snow avalanches

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Conceptual approach to the study of snow avalanches

Conceptual approach to the study of snow avalanches

- Collection Update sciences et technologies

262 pages, parution le 01/01/2006


The serious study of avalanches began half a century ago, following two major lines of investigation: a deterministic approach, inspired by the theories of fluid mechanics, and a statistical approach, both well known by all specialists in the field.

This book explores a new conceptual approach, closer to hydrology than hydraulics, which relies solely and rigorously on field data from the avalanche path studied. This approach is clarified and compared with both the deterministic and statistical approaches. The authors' past and current research implementing this approach is presented: analysis of the bulk rheology of certain avalanches, the elaboration of new conceptual models validated by comparison with field data, and a methodology for determining extreme events by extrapolating the knowledge garnered from past events. Statistics add an important dimension to the book, with standard operations such as fitting statistical distributions on random variables and other newer components such as the analysis of avalanche triggering probability.

The first nine chapters present the research carried out by the Snow Avalanche Engineering and Torrential Erosion Control Research Unit. As the exploration of these topics is far from finished, Chapter 10 examines a number of research projects that could consolidate the basis of this apparently very promising approach.

L'auteur Maurice Meunier

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L'auteur Christophe Ancey

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L'auteur Didier Richard

Didier Richard est directeur de l'unité de recherche Érosion torrentielle, neige et avalanches à Irstea-Grenoble où il mène des recherches, conduit des expertises et dispense des formations dans le domaine des risques gravitaires en montagne.

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  • The three approaches to the engineering study of avalanches
  • Snowfall hydrology
  • Obtaining Avalanche Triggering Probability
  • Estimating Bulk Rheology of Snow Avalanches from Field Data
  • Development of Conceptual Snow Avalanche Models
  • Tests of Avalanche Routing Conceptual Models against Field Data
  • Random Variables and Probability Distributions
  • Bridges with Practical Engineering
  • Extrapolation to Extreme Events
  • Prospects and Beyond
  • Annexe - Results of fitting two conceptual models to fifteen avalanches with known velocity profile
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Éditeur(s) Cemagref, Quae
Auteur(s) Maurice Meunier, Christophe Ancey, Didier Richard
Collection Update sciences et technologies
Parution 01/01/2006
Nb. de pages 262
Format 16 x 24
Couverture Broché
Poids 535g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9782853626545
ISBN13 978-2-85362-654-5


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