About EAWS

EAWS, the European Avalanche

Warning Services, prevent the loss

of lives and damages due to avalanches.

Our Mission

The primary purpose of European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS) is to support its Members in preventing the loss of lives and damages due to avalanches by providing the society with efficient and effective avalanche forecasting and warning services.

Objectives

  • Developing standards, best practice guidelines and recommendations for avalanche warning services
  • Exchanging expertise and promoting staff training
  • Fostering cooperation between neighbouring services and promoting collaboration between Members
  • Enhancing communication and awareness about the avalanche danger to all the categories of users through avalanche bulletins, new forecasting products and common standards and terminology
  • Liaising with other relevant organisations and engaging in strategic relationships and alliances with those that share the objectives of the EAWS
  • Ensuring that all programs, services, and materials are based on current research and scientific evidence

Our standards are described in the Memorandum of Understanding and under STANDARDS at avalanches.org.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

EAWS commits to liaising with reliability and honesty and to establishing a knowledge-based consortium. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) describes the objectives agreed by the members and the terms and conditions under which they will cooperate to achieve these objectives.

Milestones

EAWS Milestones

2019, June

New web page for EAWS: avalanches.org

2017, June

Further development of the EAWS matrix

2017, June

Renaming of Avalanche Sizes

2015, June

Introduction of the Avalanche Problems

2009, June

Introduction of the Information Pyramid

2004, April

Introduction of the Glossary

2003, May

1993, April

Introduction of the Avalanche Danger Scale

1983, October

Foundation of the working group of European Avalanche Warning Services in Munich

Members

EAWS Members

SMA-OECC

Andorra

LWD Kärnten

Austria

LWD NÖ

Austria

LWD Salzburg

Austria

LWD Stmk.

Austria

LWD Tirol

Austria

LWD Vbg.

Austria

HS CR

Czech Republic

FMI

Finland

Météo-France

France

LWD Bayern

Germany

IMO

Iceland

METEOMONT ARMY

Italy

METEOMONT CARABINIERI

Italy

NGI

Norway

Górskie OPR

Poland

Tatrańskie OPR

Poland

ANM

Romania

SLP+HZS

Slovakia
Organization

EAWS Organization

Chair Person

Rune V. Engeset
Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norway

Rune V. Engeset | EAWS

Coordinator

Thomas Stucki
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Switzerland

Thomas Stucki | EAWS

TAB – Technical Advisory Board

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Mark Diggins
SAIS, United Kingdom

Thomas Feistl
LWD Bayern, Germany

Christian Jaedicke
WG3 leader
NGI, Norway

Norbert Lanzanasto
LWD Tirol, Austria

Christoph Mitterer
WG2 leader
LWD Tirol, Austria

Fabiano Monti
ALPsolut, Italy

Karsten Müller
WG1 leader
NVE, Norway

Benjamin Zweifel
SLF, Switzerland

Working Group 1

EAWS Matrix & Danger Scale

The goal of this working group is a more consistent forecasting across country borders. Important work is to define the key terms used in the matrix and danger scale, to revise the “spontaneous avalanches”-part of the matrix and to evaluate/improve weaknesses of the avalanche danger scale.

Karsten Müller (Leader)
NVE, Norway

Working Group 2

Funding and organisation

We will do a review on possibilities for funding such a position with a final suggestion how to proceed.

Christoph Mitterer (Leader)
LWD Tirol, Austria

Working Group 3

Best practices in local forecasting

The goal is to review todays practice and to evaluate how the European avalanche danger scale is applicable in local avalanche warning. How to organize local services under EAWS?

Christian Jaedicke (Leader)
NGI, Norway

Membership Commitee

Jürg Schweizer (Leader)
SLF, Switzerland

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Rudi Mair
LWD Tirol, Austria

Gloria Marti
ICGC, Spain

Aleš Poredoš
ARSO, Slovenia

Chair Person

Rune V. Engeset
Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norway

Rune V. Engeset | EAWS

Coordinator

Thomas Stucki
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Switzerland

Thomas Stucki | EAWS

TAB – Technical Advisory Board

Marek Biskupič
SLP+HZS, Slovakia

Mark Diggins
SAIS, United Kingdom

Christoph Mitterer
LWD Tirol, Austria

Fabiano Monti
ALPsolut, Italy

Samuel Morin
WG2 leader
Météo-France, France

Karsten Müller
WG1 leader
NVE, Norway

Arno Studeregger
WG3 leader
LWD Steiermark, Austria

Beni Zweifel
SLF, Switzerland

Working Group 1

EAWS Matrix & Danger Scale

The goal of this working group is a more consistent forecasting across country borders. Important work is to define the key terms used in the matrix and danger scale, to revise the “spontaneous avalanches”-part of the matrix and to evaluate/improve weaknesses of the avalanche danger scale.

Karsten Müller (Leader)
NVE, Norway

Lorenzo Bertranda
Meteomont, Italy

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Cecile Coleou
Météo France, France

Thomas Feistl
LWD Bayern, Germany

Pavel Krajci
SLP+HZS, Slovakia

Gloria Marti
ICGC, Spain

Patrick Nairz
LWD Tirol, Austria

Benjamin Zweifel
SLF, Switzerland

Working Group 2

Best practices in regional forecasting

The goal of this working group is to provide a platform for initiating exchanges about avalanche forecasting operations within EAWS members, in order to identify commonalities, discrepancies, best practices, which could result in overall benchmarking, improvements and harmonization of avalanche warning operations in Europe.

Samuel Morin (Leader)
Météo-France, France

Marek Biskupič
SLP+HZS, Slovakia

Alberto Blanco
FMI, Finland

Mark Diggins
SAIS, United Kingdom

Andreas Gobiet
LWD Steiermark, Austria

Christoph Mitterer
LWD Tirol, Austria

Petter Palmgren
EPA, Sweden

Christine Pielmeier
SLF, Switzerland

Lukas Rastner
AINEVA, Italy

Vincenzo Romeo
Meteomont, Italy

Working Group 3

Best practices in local forecasting

The goal is to review todays practice and to evaluate how the European avalanche danger scale is applicable in local avalanche warning. How to organize local services under EAWS?

Arno Studeregger (Leader)
LWD Steiermark, Austria

Sergio Azzarello
Meteomont, Italy

Guillem Martín Bellido
SMA-OECC, Andorra

Paola Dellavedova
AINEVA, Italy

Carles Garcia
ICGC, Spain

Christian Jaedicke
NGI, Norway

Toni Molné
SMA-OECC, Andorra

Fabiano Monti
ALPsolut, Italy

Lukas Stoffel
SLF, Switzerland

Membership Commitee

Jürg Schweizer (Leader)
SLF, Switzerland

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Rudi Mair
LWD Tirol, Austria

Gloria Marti
ICGC, Spain

Aleš Poredoš
ARSO, Slovenia

Chair Person

Hans Konetschny
LWD Bayern, Germany

Hans Konteschny | EAWS

Coordinator

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Igor Chiambretti | EAWS
Working Group 1

Avalanche Problems

Leader:
Benjamin Zweifel
SLF, Switzerland

Working Group 2

EAWS Matrix & Danger Scale

Leader:
Karsten Müller
NVE, Norway

Working Group 3

Regulations

Leader:
Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Chair Person

Igor Chiambretti
AINEVA, Italy

Igor Chiambretti | EAWS

Coordinator

Gloria Marti
ICGC, Spain

Gloria Marti | EAWS

Chair Person

Patrick Nairz
LWD Tirol, Austria

Patrick Nairz | EAWS

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