Special Issue "Snow Avalanche Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: snow avalanche dynamics; snow avalanche forecasting; blowing snow
Interests: computational mechanics; fracture mechanics of concrete; snow behavior; avalanche dynamics; dam engineering; engineering education
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Interests: avalanches; turbidity currents; segregation; gravity currents; granular flows; debris flows; two-phase flows
A snow avalanche is a typical example of geophysical grain-flows, which are usually composed of snow particles and air. For a long period, the dynamics and structures of snow avalanches could not be investigated in detail, mainly because natural avalanches break out accidentally and precise data were usually very difficult to obtain. However, with the development of new technologies, numerous full-scale experiments have been carried out for small-to-large snow avalanches, particularly in the last decade. Further, in order to obtain detailed data and insights on the physically significant dynamical processes controlling avalanches, small scale experiments were conducted. In addition, avalanche dynamics models from a simple mass-point model to a fine full 3D method have been proposed. These approaches are of importance for avalanche risk management, for instance, the validation of dynamical models, hazard mapping, a proper design of structural protection, and the development of early warning systems.
This Special Issue invites submissions covering all aspects of avalanche dynamics: incidents report, field measurements, small scale experiments, and modeling. Topics on the mechanical properties and snow-cover properties are limited to avalanche flow dynamics, and introduction on specific avalanche event is also welcome. It is recommended that potentially-interested contributors approach the Guest Editors at an early stage about possible submissions in order to verify the appropriateness of their proposed study. If appropriate, an abstract will be requested.
Prof. Koichi Nishimura
Prof. Fabrizio Barpi
Prof. Dr. Jim McElwaine
Dr. Dieter Issler
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- Analyses of snow avalanche measurements or observations
- Small scale measurements
- Modeling of snow avalanche dynamics
- Interaction of avalanches with obstacles or forest
- Strategies for applying avalanche models to hazard mitigation
- Snow mechanics
- In situ snow tests
- Laboratory snow tests
- Experimental site