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Videos for avalanche practitioners
The videos posted to this channel since ~2015 are by Bruce Jamieson and colleagues. Some of the earlier videos on this channel are links to videos made by Bruce Jamieson and ASARC colleagues (snowavalanchearchive.com/asarc). The links to all these videos can be shared freely and the videos used for any purpose, including commercially, provided the content and authorship are not altered.
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Videos for avalanche practitioners
An inside look at how people trigger slab avalanches
This video outlines - for a wide audience - the current understanding of how rider-triggered and natural avalanches start. Bruce Jamieson, Karl Birkeland and Ron Simenhois, January 2023. CC BY-ND. Key sources: Schweizer, J., B. Reuter, A. van Herwijnen, J. Gaume. 2016. Avalanche release 101, Proceedings of the 2016 International Snow Science Workshop in Breckenridge, CO, USA. Gaume, J., van Herwijnen, A., Gast, T., Teran, J., Jiang, C. 2019. Investigating the release and flow of snow avalanches at the slope-scale using a unified model based on the material point method. Cold Region Science and Technology 168. Trottet, B., Simenhois, R., Bobillier, G.; Bergfeld, B., van Herwijnen, A., Jiang, C., Gaume, J. 2022. Transition from sub-Rayleigh anticrack to supershear crack propagation in snow avalanches. Nature Physics 18.
Is slab tension a condition that makes rider-triggered avalanches more likely?
Slab tension means different things to different avalanche practitioners (survey summer 2022). In this (controversial?) 21 minute video, Bruce Jamieson, Karl Birkeland, Grant Statham and Scott Thumlert summarize some common perceptions about slab tension, then review the role of slab tension in the modern understanding of dry slab avalanche release.
Triggering a persistent slab avalanche from a thin spot
Triggering a persistent slab avalanche from a thin spot is infrequent, insidious and potentially deadly. This 6 minute video outlines the snowpack conditions and mechanics. Intended for intermediate and advanced backcountry recreationists and those interested in avalanche science. Feb 2022. CC BY-ND
It's convex. Should I avoid it?
Views on the roles of convexities in human triggered avalanches vary widely. In this educational video intended for intermediate and advanced winter backcountry recreationists, Ron Simenhois and Bruce Jamieson present various perspectives and research on human triggering near convex slopes. CC BY-ND.
Iain Stewart-Patterson on intuition and making decisions for recreation in avalanche terrain
A video chat with Iain Stewart-Patterson, May 2021, about intuitive and analytical thinking, trip planning, decision aids and mindsets for recreation in avalanche terrain. CC BY-ND. The podcast is at https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8mmz8-107ca68
An intro to snow avalanche dynamics and impact
An introduction to snow avalanche dynamics and impact. Includes avalanches in motion but no models and almost no math. Intended for anyone interested in avalanche science, early career avalanche practitioners, and Christian Jaedicke's students (perhaps as pre-course material?) Bruce Jamieson and Christian Jaedicke. October 2021.
Common snowpack tests
A brief how-to for common snowpack tests to locate and assess instabilities within the snowpack, presented by Mike Conlan. Start times of tests in this video are as follows: 1:32 Compression Test 5:06 Deep Tap Test 7:28 Extended Column Test 10:54 Rutschblock Test 14:48 Propagation Saw Test 18:48 Shovel Shear Test 20:49 Hand Shear Test 22:11 Concluding remarks on initiation, propagation, and limitations. Fracture character video: http://vimeo.com/30996756
Near crust faceting and slab avalanching
A technical video for avalanche practitioners and recreationists interested in avalanche science. The video outlines the formation of faceted layers near melt-freeze crusts, the persistence of these layers as potential failure layers for slab avalanches and some ideas on anticipating the resulting slab avalanches. Bruce Jamieson and Scott Savage, May 2020.
A more visual method for rating avalanche size on the D-scale
A video to start discussion about whether visualization will help us rate avalanche size on the D-scale. By Bruce Jamieson, Montse Bacardit, Ethan Greene and Ian Tomm. May 2020. Catalan and Spanish subtitles by Montse Bacardit. German subtitles by Thomas Exner. CC BY-ND.
From 3 to 30. How many levels should a rating have?
Having found little published guidance on the optimal number of levels in a rating system, Bruce Jamieson and colleagues use examples, mostly from avalanche and weather forecasting, to identify a basic guideline and several other considerations. 03:40 Matthew MacDonald on AQHI ratings 09:52 Matthew MacDonald on precipitation likelihood ratings 12:11 Pascal Haegeli on the avalanche danger rating 18:53 Jesse Percival on rating skier compaction 21:25 James Floyer on avalanche size ratings in public bulletins
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