A Model for scaling avalanche speeds

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Journal titleJournal of Glaciology
Pages188198; # of pages: 11
Subjectavalanches; speed
AbstractSnow-avalanche speeds, run-out distances, and the concepts from dense granular flows are combined in a model for prediction of speeds along the incline. Field measurements indicate that speeds and run-out distances are nearly independent of path steepness once a length is chosen to scale them. Application of granular-flow concepts explains these results. The most important feature of the model (and the speed data) is the steep gradient of speeds in the run- out zone. These results emphasize the need for high precision in run-out prediction when construction or defences are contemplated.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number32363
NPARC number20378606
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Record identifier6955f276-60f0-4742-bb46-815cd7fb22f1
Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-05-09
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