Magazine Articles | NRDMS | Technology | VOL. 15, ISSUE 94, January-February 2016 |

GIS for Avalanche Mapping

The deaths of army personnel who were buried under a snow avalanche in Siachen Glacier on February 3, 2016, shocked the nation. Soldiers, trekkers and researchers working on the Himalaya are at constant danger from snow, ice and rock avalanches. Often, these avalanches are triggered by tectonic events like earthquakes (Huggel et al., 2007). The Himalaya is tectonically very active and any tremors or earthquakes can result in a hazardous avalanche by breaking off large masses of snow, ice and/or...

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