B-38 Guidelines and Methods for Detailed Snow Avalanche Hazard Investigations in Colorado

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Guidelines and methods for detailed snow avalanche hazard investigations in Colorado. 125 pages. 32 figures. Digital PDF download. B-38D

Except from the introduction:
The objective of this publication is to provide guidelines for evaluating quantitatively the potential size and destructive force of avalanches in Colorado through indirect methods of analysis. Because avalanche dynamics are imperfectly understood, no clear-cut solutions to problems can be offered. Instead, it is continually emphasized that several different, completely independent methods of analysis should be employed simultaneously, thereby reducing the uncertainty inherent in a single method. It is hoped that this publication will not only provide useful guidelines for avalanche analysis, but will also stimulate future research.