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In light of this, the Standing Group on Glacier and Permafrost Hazards (GAPHAZ) has taken steps to ensure a structured and comprehensive approach to hazard assessment, underpinned by the latest scientific understanding. Its new technical guidelines compile current knowledge and best practice related to glacier and permafrost hazards, providing an important resource for assessment and prevention to international and national agencies, responsible authorities, and private companies.
“In the mountains of the world much loss, damage, and suffering could be avoided if hazards were properly assessed and mapped as a basis for hazard and risk reduction,” says Christian Huggel, MRI Science Leadership Council member and a lead author of the guidelines. “Several countries have established standardized procedures in recent years, but many have not - especially in the developing world. In collaboration with international experts from GAPHAZ, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, we have now been able to produce guidelines that are expected to fill this important gap and support local agencies in their work. What makes these guidelines unique and valuable is the fact that they are the result of broad consensus among international experts.”
The technical guidance document, Assessment of Glacier and Permafrost Hazards in Mountain Regions, is available here.
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