The term geohazard encompasses natural occurrences such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, rockslides, mudslides, and snow avalanches that pose threats to people and property. Geophysicists monitor earth systems that generate these hazards and work with the general public to mitigate their effects. In the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, avalanches are of particular interest.

Traditionally, avalanche forecasting is an art based on experience and intuition. Decisions are driven by data and also by subjective memories and interpretations. Objective, computer-based procedures can be valuable tools for enhancing the efforts of forecasters to protect people and property and to save money caused by avalanche...

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