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U of C makes gains in avalanche prediction

Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed new technology they believe will lead to better prediction of avalanches.

Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed new technology they believe will lead to better prediction of avalanches.

Using infrared cameras, experts have discovered they can now read temperatures of intricate layers within the snowpack.

The cameras will specifically target unstable crusts caused by layers of snow that have melted slightly, re-frozen and then been buried.

“We generate terrain maps of where the snow might be warming up and these maps can help people choose the safest routes on a given day," said researcher Cora Shea.

 
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