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.

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


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

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Field Values
DOI 10.16904/envidat.26
  • Name: Frank Techel  Email: techelfoo(at)slf.ch  ORCID: 0000-0001-5686-6127  Scheme: ORCID  Affiliation: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
  • Name: Frédéric Jarry  Email: frederic.jarryfoo(at)anena.org  Affiliation: Association Nationale pour l'Étude de la Neige et des Avalanches, Grenoble, France
  • Name: Georg Kronthaler  Email: georg.kronthalerfoo(at)lfu.bayern.de  Affiliation: Lawinenwarndienst Bayern, Munich, Germany
  • Name: Susanna Mitterer  Email: susanna.mittererfoo(at)alpinesicherheit.at  Affiliation: Österreichisches Kuratorium für alpine Sicherheit, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Name: Patrick Nairz  Email: patrick.nairzfoo(at)tirol.gv.at  Affiliation: Lawinenwarndienst Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Name: Miha Pavšek  Email: miha.pavsekfoo(at)zrc-sazu.si  Affiliation: Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Name: Mauro Valt  Email: cvafoo(at)arpa.veneto.it  Affiliation: Centro Valanghe di Arabba, Arabba, Italy
Contact Person Name: Frank Techel  Email: techelfoo(at)slf.ch  Affiliation: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanchre Research SLF  ORCID: 0000-0001-5686-6127  Scheme: ORCID
Publication Publisher: Geographica Helvetica  Year: 2016
  • Type: Created  Date: 2018-12-06
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Type Dataset
General Type Dataset
Language English
Location European Alps
Content License ODbL with Database Contents License (DbCL)    [Open Data]
Last Updated December 9, 2018, 01:31 (CET)
Created December 1, 2017, 08:13 (CET)