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REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SPATIAL PLANNING ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA Department for snow and avalanches. A short view of our service. By Janko Merše and Andrej Velkavrh.

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Republic of slovenia

REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND SPATIAL PLANNING

ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Department for snow and avalanches

A short view of our service

By Janko Merše and Andrej Velkavrh


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  • Founded in the 80-ies for the purpose of Civil protection

  • Since then not many things were changed

  • The service is a part of a weather forecasting department

  • Two persons are partially responsible for maintaining the snow observations and writing avalanche reports during the winter season (november to may)

  • Main problem in the lack of time, which leads also to the fact that we didn’t take part in the last two EAWS meetings


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  • No scientific work or research has been done since now, only operational

  • Snow data are daily collected from 8 stations


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  • No automatic nivologic stations so far

  • Snow cover tests are usually made weekly; in the case of stable snow cover also less than once a week

  • Avalanche bulletin is issued three times a week;

  • Extra bulletins in emergency cases

  • Published ONLY on our web site (WWW.ARSO.GOV.SI), but sent also to some special users


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Slovenia has problems with snow avalanches, but

compared with countries like Switzerland, France

or Austria inhabited areas are not at such high

elevations as there.


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There are some mountain roads…


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…or mountain passes, which are regularly caught

by avalanches. Only in extreme winters some

houses or villages could be endangered.


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We have some ski resorts, which can be,

regardless of rather low elevation, caught

by wery intensive snowfall


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Therefore our main goal

during winter is dealing with mountain roads,

tour skiers and alpinists. Injured and dead can be

in 99% found among them.


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  • However, due to the topography, there have already been victims caught by snow avalanches below 500 m elevation

  • There are quite often winter situations with increased avalanche risk in mid and lower altitudes due to intensive snowfall


Plans for the future

Plans for the future

  • Increasing the number of observation sites by implementing some automatic stations

  • Improving the quality of information in our bulletin and it’s shape (in operation)

  • Closer collaboration with EAWS due to get more knowledge and new ideas

  • Implementing an objective method (a simple model or similar)


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