Faculty Advisor

Rissmiller, Kent J.


This project evaluates a hypothetical relationship between a decrease in alpine agriculture and a suspected increase in avalanche activity that arose from the severe avalanche winter of 1998-99. The analysis of maps, interviews and statistics leads to the conclusion that, in general, grazing has a minimal effect on the frequency and severity of avalanches. However, in some cases, agricultural land-use practices in alpine regions can affect avalanche activity through forest damage or snow gliding.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies