Research and Development for Avalanche Sensing

This report documents the research project "Research and Development for Avalanche Sensing". The primary goal of this research was to develop avalanche sensing and detection for a key Caltrans District 10 avalanche zone. Availability of this system will support avalanche start zone characterization and modeling, real-time avalanche detection and alerting, and optimal avalanche control operations. These capablities will lead to safer winter roads with higher mobility, and will save the Department of Transportation money. The research included review of best practices for avalanche sensing and detection methods, models, and systems; and design and development of an avalanche zone instrmentation package. Sensing regimes investigated included snow depth across avalanche start zone, camera imaging, temperature, and wind speed and direction. The District 10 site (chute 4 of Carson Spur on State Route 88) is fully prepared for instrumentation with the bench-tested prototype. Final system installation, field testing, and analysis will occur in follow-up research.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 82p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01596618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA15-1810, UCD-ARR-14-09-30-01
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0336
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2016 7:47PM