ALERT Workshop - "Computational methods in snow and avalanche release mechanics" session

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ALERT Workshop - "Computational methods in snow and avalanche release mechanics" session

Chambon Guillaume

Dear colleagues,


We would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming one-day workshop on “Computational methods in snow and avalanche release mechanics” that will be held during the ALERT Geomaterials workshop in Aussois (France), Sep. 30 – Oct. 2 2019.

More information by following the link:


We welcome contributions addressing the broad area of avalanche release modelling from various perspectives, with an emphasis on multiscale aspects and mechanical processes.

You are kindly invited to submit abstracts before April 30, 2019, by replying directly to the coordinators (email addresses given below).

Note that a limited number of travel grants for young researchers will be available upon request.



Session 3 “Computational methods in snow and avalanche release mechanics”  - 2nd October 2019


Coordinators : Johan Gaume (SLF Davos, Switzerland, [hidden email] ), Pascal Hagenmuller (CEN, Météo-France , France, [hidden email] ), François Nicot (IRSTEA, France, [hidden email] ), Guillaume Chambon (IRSTEA, France, [hidden email] )




This session aims at providing a thorough review of the current knowledge in snow and avalanche mechanics, spanning different scales from the snow microstructure to the slope scale associated with engineering issues.


Our present understanding of the mechanical processes leading to failure initiation and crack propagation in snow has significantly increased over the past decade, mostly by considering fracture mechanical approaches and micro-mechanical models. However, simulating snowpack instability at the slope-scale still remains extremely challenging, mostly due to the crucial importance of the snow microstructure. In this context, the objective of this session will be to present the current state of available methods applied at the different scales of interest, and to gather scientists developing numerical models to address snow and avalanche release mechanics. We plan to invite speakers having a large variety of backgrounds, from snow science, to fracture mechanics and numerical methods. The links between snow avalanches and landslides will be considered.



Best regards,

Guillaume Chambon, on behalf of the coordinators.




Guillaume Chambon          [hidden email]

Directeur de Recherche / Researcher

Univ. Grenoble Alpes, IRSTEA


Domaine Universitaire - BP 76

38402 Saint-Martin-d'Hères Cedex - France


Tel.: (33) 4 76 76 27 66

Fax: (33) 4 76 51 38 03




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