871346 Technical protection measures: avalanches

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Walter, Gebhard
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Physical properies of snow

Basics of avalanche dynamics and avalanche calculation

Historical flashback, history of technical avalanche protection (international)

Avalanche hazard analysis, Avalanche hazard mapping, riskmapping

Goal of planning and protection in general, technical avalanche protection

Forest biological avalanche protection

Criterias for dimensioning of protection constructions and general assessment principles

Attention of protection work in avalanche hazard mapping

Preparation of interdisciplinary protection concepts in avalanche protection

Economical aspects of avalanche protection

Execution of construction work, maintainance

Protection concepts for ski areas, traffic roads and settlement areas

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Goal of the course is the knowledge of different types of protection measures, the ability to select the right measures in dependence of local particular situations.
Basic knowledge of snow and its behaviour and mechanical characteristics, basic knowledge in avalanche and snow dynamics;
Goal is also the ability to plan, to dimension and implement protection measures, to assess the effect and the rest risk of measures.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.