Davis, Paul W.
The primary cause of human-triggered avalanches has been found to be error in judgment. We interviewed Swiss ski tourists in order to investigate the influence of group interactions on the decision-making of alpine recreationists. After analysis of the interview data, we identified four themes that shape human interactions in recreational avalanche environments: the experience level of the participants, the relationships between participants, the leadership style a group adopts, and the role gender plays in decision-making.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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