Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in avalanche risk assessment, search and rescue

This workshop aims to explore innovative applications of UAS in the context of avalanche risk assessment, avalanche control and prevention strategies as well as search and rescue. No registration fee, lunch and coffee will be served.


Saturday 28 September 2024

08:30 – 15:00

Building: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Medical Health Facutly Building 1 (google maps). Room: Auditorium 1 (MHU6.A1C) (mazemap)

Content overview

  1. Introduction to UAS technology:
    Overview of drone technology and its relevance to avalanche applications.
    Understanding of capabilities and limitations of UAS in harsh environments.
  2. Snow and avalanche monitoring with LiDAR and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR):
    Case study on the use of UAV LiDAR for mapping avalanche risks.
    Case study on the use of UAV GPR in snow and avalanches.
  3. Search and rescue operations:
    Locating avalanche victims quickly using drones.
  4. Preventive measures:
    Utilizing drones for preventive avalanche release.
  5. Future R&D
    Discussions about future research and development on the use of drones in avalanche applications.

Participants will gain experience and knowledge on the use of UAS for avalanche hazard mitigation, prevention, and rescue operations, contributing to enhanced safety measures in snow-covered terrains. The participants are encouraged to give input lining up the future development for the use of UAS in avalanches applications. 

Target Audience
The workshop is designed for infrastructural risk owners, emergency responders, ski patrol teams, and anyone interested in the application of drone technology for avalanche safety.

The workshop will include expert talks and discussions to provide a comprehensive understanding of how drones can be a game-changer in managing avalanche risks. 

The workshop will also include presentations of the main findings from the R&D project GEOSFAIR.