Snow avalanche susceptibility of the Circo de Gredos (Iberian Central System, Spain)



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Soteres, Rodrigo L. and Pedraza Gilsanz, Javier de and Carrasco González, Rosa María (2020) Snow avalanche susceptibility of the Circo de Gredos (Iberian Central System, Spain). Journal of Maps, 16 (2). pp. 155-165. ISSN 1744-5647

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We present a detailed snow avalanche susceptibility map at scale 1:20,000 of the Circo de Gredos in the Sierra de Gredos (Iberian Central System, Spain). This cirque-shaped landscape is one of the most popular spots for winter sports in the region. However, no snow avalanche activity assessment has been conducted to date. We have, therefore, produced a snow avalanche susceptibility map based on aerial and satellite imagery, newspaper reviews and field work, including avalanche features recognition and interviews with frequent backcountry users. We extracted the spatial distribution of necessary and enhancer factors for triggering slab, wet and loose snow avalanches from a digital elevation model. Finally, calculations to evaluate each snow avalanche type susceptibility were performed using a Geographical Information System. By combining our map collection, we concluded that most of the area in the Circo de Gredos is highly susceptible to snow avalanches, especially slab and wet snow types.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Snow avalanche, susceptibility mapping, Circo de Gredos, Iberian Central System, natural hazards
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Geodynamics
ID Code:59373
Deposited On:03 Mar 2020 15:31
Last Modified:04 Mar 2020 15:12

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