Alpine mass movements

In order to estimate the consequences of climate change on movement and deposition processes of snow, rock and ice avalanches, it is indispensable to consider a wide range of scenarios, including those for which there are hardly any reference cases yet. Thus, the simulation of the dynamics of such alpine mass movements is of central importance. In times of unpredictable changes, it forms the basis for hazard assessment and the planning of protective measures. The center investigates the formation, movement and deposition processes of avalanches, landslides, debris flows and rockfalls in field and laboratory experiments and models them with physical models. Special attention is paid to the concatenation of hazard processes. Thus, it supports a risk-based, sustainable management of natural hazards.

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