Snow-avalanche hazard zoning in British Columbia, Canada

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Journal titleJournal of Glaciology
Pages345354; # of pages: 10
Subjectsnow (snowfall); avalanches; zoning; north america
AbstractMany developed areas in British Columbia are exposed to snow- avalanche hazards. Avalanche-hazard zoning has been undertaken by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Communications, and Highways during the past five years. Recommendations from these zoning studies are forwarded to those agencies responsible for land-use zoning and development approval. Existing and possible legislation are described, as well as problems associated with implementation of the legislation. Technical considerations are outlined; interpretation of vegetation is a very important factor in evaluating each avalanche site. Calculation of run-out distances and consideration of other factors serve as a check on the vegetation interpretation. A special safety factor has been developed. Socio-political considerations with respect to British Columbia are described. Existing developments have the most wide-ranging implications.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number19319
NPARC number20373741
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Record created2012-07-23
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