Radar solutions presented at ISSW 2016

Oct 13, 2016News

Geopraevent attended the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW 16) in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA from October 3 to 7, 2016. Dr. Lorenz Meier, CEO of Geopraevent, presented the latest avalanche radar project from Zermatt.

The presentation was very well received and the technology will offer great opportunities for road and railway safety. Lorenz Meier answered key questions from the audience on price tag, time lag from detection to road closure, number of detected events and why a radar system is the best solution compared to other options. Please have a look at below video for the presentation – questions from the audience are answered at the end. The paper can be downloaded here.

The avalanche radar in Zermatt monitors an area of more than 2 km² in all weather conditions. In case of a snow avalanche the radar detects it early and closes the road to Zermatt automatically. In addition, authorities are alerted and able to assess the situation online. The avalanche path is shown on an interactive map and webcams offer insights of the hazard zone online. Road barriers are managed within the online portal to ensure minimum road closure time. More information about the project in Zermatt can be found here.

The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) facilitates the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences between snow science researchers and practitioners. ISSW hosts a bi-yearly conference in North America and Europe that brings together researchers and practioners from all over the world. You can find more information about ISSW here.