Avalanche fatalities in the European Alps (1969/1970 - 2014/2015)

During the last 45 years, about 100 people lost their lives in avalanches in the European Alps each year. Avalanche fatalities in settlements and on transportation corridors have considerably decreased since the 1970s. In contrast, the number of avalanche fatalities during recreational activities away from avalanche-secured terrain doubled between the 1960s and 1980s and has remained relatively stable since, despite a continuing strong increase in winter backcountry recreational activities.

Data complementing Figure 2 in:
"Avalanche fatalities in the European Alps: long-term trends and statistics", by Techel, F., Jarry, F., Kronthaler, G., Mitterer, S., Nairz, P., Pavšek, M., Valt, M., and Darms, G.

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please refer to section 2 (Data and Methods) in the mentioned publication

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Techel, Frank; Jarry, Frédéric; Kronthaler, Georg; Mitterer, Susanna; Nairz, Patrick; Pavšek, Miha; Valt, Mauro (2016). Avalanche fatalities in the European Alps (1969/1970 - 2014/2015). Geographica Helvetica. doi:10.16904/envidat.26.

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DOI 10.16904/envidat.26
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  • Email: techelfoo(at)slf.ch  ORCID: 0000-0001-5686-6127  Given Name: Frank  Family Name: Techel  Affiliation: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • Email: frederic.jarryfoo(at)anena.org  Given Name: Frédéric  Family Name: Jarry  Affiliation: Association Nationale pour l'Étude de la Neige et des Avalanches, Grenoble, France
  • Email: georg.kronthalerfoo(at)lfu.bayern.de  Given Name: Georg  Family Name: Kronthaler  Affiliation: Lawinenwarndienst Bayern, Munich, Germany
  • Email: susanna.mittererfoo(at)alpinesicherheit.at  Given Name: Susanna  Family Name: Mitterer  Affiliation: Österreichisches Kuratorium für alpine Sicherheit, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Email: patrick.nairzfoo(at)tirol.gv.at  Given Name: Patrick  Family Name: Nairz  Affiliation: Lawinenwarndienst Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Email: miha.pavsekfoo(at)zrc-sazu.si  Given Name: Miha  Family Name: Pavšek  Affiliation: Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Email: cvafoo(at)arpa.veneto.it  Given Name: Mauro  Family Name: Valt  Affiliation: Centro Valanghe di Arabba, Arabba, Italy
Contact Person Given Name: Frank  Family Name: Techel  Email: techelfoo(at)slf.ch  Affiliation: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF  ORCID: 0000-0001-5686-6127
Publication Publisher: Geographica Helvetica  Year: 2016
  • Type: Created  Date: 2018-12-06
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Language English
Location European Alps
Content License ODbL with Database Contents License (DbCL)    [Open Data]
Last Updated July 29, 2020, 19:07 (CEST)
Created December 1, 2017, 08:13 (CET)

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