Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 14, 737–750, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-737-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 737–750, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-737-2020

Research article 02 Mar 2020

Research article | 02 Mar 2020

On the relation between avalanche occurrence and avalanche danger level

Jürg Schweizer et al.

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Snow avalanches represent a major natural hazard in seasonally snow-covered mountain regions around the world. To avoid periods and locations of high hazard, avalanche warnings are issued by public authorities. In these bulletins, the hazard is characterized by a danger level. Since the danger levels are not well defined, we analyzed a large data set of avalanches to improve the description. Our findings show discrepancies in present usage of the danger scale and show ways to improve the scale.