Research forest avalanches

Scientists from the research group on avalanches UBC undertook a study on the impact of avalanches forests of British Columbia. Understanding the avalanche mechanism and destructive power of these natural disasters will help in the correct assessment of risk to the centuries-old forest plantation and harvesting of the forest.

The study demonstrates that the effect of the avalanche can be more than an embarrassment to the areas where logging is unqualified. A project team (in particular Dr. D. McClung) is trying to develop ways to predict how deep or that an avalanche can penetrate into the wood that will be useful not only to the forest industry, but also for the planning of the landscape as a whole. Dynamical model of the avalanche is not suitable, because they do not account for the power of resistance of afforestation.

If the avalanche path are buildings, roads, etc., it will also make adjustments to the path of an avalanche and change its destructive force. In this study, published in the Canadian Journal of geotechnical, highlights these issues. In addition, included forest management practices aimed at reducing costs and maintaining safety.


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