CERC Workshop: Remote sensing for alpine natural hazards

Wednesday to Friday, 8 to 10 November 2023
at the SLF in Davos with day excursion to Brienz/Brinzauls, GR


Remote sensing technologies and methods are increasingly and successfully used for the detection and monitoring of alpine natural hazards. In this three-day course we will show where and how such technologies can be usefully applied and where their limitations lie. Through lectures, an excursion and applied exercises, participants will learn where they themselves can profitably use remote sensing technology in the future.

Learning objectives

  • Field report: What works well?
  • Limitations: What does not work (yet)?
  • Future trends
  • Data processing: How to analyse data?
  • Practical exercises in groups

Target group

The workshop is for a maximum of 25 participants from 

  • engineering offices
  • federal and cantonal offices
  • universities and research institutions

Workshop language

The main language is German. Selected parts will be presented in English.

RAMMS simulation of the Salezer avalanche that hit on January 15, 2019.

Programme and venue

The workshop will take place over three days at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF (Contact and map) in Davos. The detailed programme is in preparation and can be downloaded here at a later date. 

  • Wednesday, 8 November from 10:15 h: introduction and basics 
  • Thursday, 9 November: excursion to Brienz followed by dinner
  • Friday, 10 November until 16:00 h: practical exercises and evaluation


Registration is closed.


The course fees are CHF 500 including course material, coffee breaks, lunch, dinner on Thursday and return travel to Brienz. 

The costs for overnight stays have to be paid and organised by the participants themselves. An overview of accommodation options is available from Destination Davos Klosters.


Yves Bühler and Andrea Manconi