2019 WCC

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Science Inquiry Lecture - Dangerous Snow: Understanding How Avalanches Happen and How to Stay Safer

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore innovative science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session. 

How and why do avalanches “release,” and how can an improved understanding improve backcountry safety?  Dr. Karl Birkeland, Director of the Forest Service’s National Avalanche Center, will offer the results of several decades of research on when snowpack conditions become avalanche prone, and how a better understanding of avalanches can improve safety for those involved in winter activities.