Snow 2019 - Iceland

Snow 2019 - Iceland

Category
Conferences 2019
Dates
2019-04-03 - 2019-04-05
Venue
Siglufjörður, North Iceland
The Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland will hold an International Symposium on 'Mitigation Measures against Snow Avalanches and Other Rapid Gravity Mass Flows' in Siglufjörður, north Iceland, from April 3rd to April 5th, 2019.

THEME
Rapid gravity mass flows pose a threat to settlements and infrastructure and limit the use of land on all continents of the world. In mountainous regions, these natural hazards include snow avalanches, slush- and debris flows, rockfall and landslides. People in modern societies are becoming more concerned with safety, and authorities strive to ensure the safety of settlements, traffic lines, and society in general with hazard zoning, planning of settlements, and construction and management of protection measures. Due to high safety demands, the design of permanent protection measures has become more demanding and expensive than before and the question is sometime raised in which situations temporary measures or relocation of settlements should also be considered to improve safety.

The symposium seeks to bring together scientists, engineers, architects and representatives of local and central authorities to discuss the state of the art of mitigation measures against snow avalanches and other rapid gravity mass flows and the challenges that lie ahead in the management of those natural hazards.

TOPICS
The following list of topics defines the focus of this upcoming symposium under four general headlines.

1. RISK MANAGEMENT
  • Hazard zoning/risk management in relation to mitigation measures
  • Land use planning
  • Hazard management in ski areas
  • Hazard management for roads, power lines, and other infrastructure 
2. PLANNING, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTION MEASURES 
  • Dynamic design principles/criteria for protection measures in the run-out zone, such as earthen catching/deflecting dams
  • Design and planning of mitigation measures in the release area such as snow supporting structures or snow drift measures
  • Management and maintenance of protection measures
  • Effects of climate changes on design and planning of mitigation measures
  • Hydrological design of protection measures in the run-out zone
3. OBSERVATIONS AND SIMULATIONS OF AVALANCHES
  • Field measurements of snow avalanches
  • Observations of natural snow avalanches interacting with obstacles
  • Laboratory experiments on the interaction of rapid gravity flows and obstacles
  • Numerical modelling in the design of protection measures
4. SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT
  • Landscape architecture of protection measures
  • Legal issues regarding mitigation measures (e.g. rest risk, overload cases, responsibility for maintenance/management and lack thereof)
  • Removal/relocation of buildings/infrastructure
  • Communication between authorities and inhabitants
  • Impact of mitigation measures on the local society (feeling of safety, understanding of rest risk)
PROGRAMME
A mixture of oral and poster sessions forms the general framework of the symposium, which is intended to facilitate the exchange of scientific information between participants in an informal manner. Additional activities include an icebreaker, a symposium banquet, and excursions to specifically selected sites near Siglufjörður.

More information can be found on the Snow 2019 website.
 
 

All Dates

  • From 2019-04-03 to 2019-04-05
 

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