Dr. Aleksandr Shnyparkov, Head of the Laboratory
Wide and deep snow avalanche and cover studies at the Faculty of Geography started after Prof. Georgiy Kazimirovich Tushinskiy, the founder of Soviet and Russian avalanche science, had entered this institution.
In 1964 on the initiative of Prof. G.K. Tushinskiy the Thematic Laboratory of Snow Avalanches was established. Later on it was reorganized in the Research Laboratory of Snow Avalanches and Debris Flows.
Leading scientists: Dr. Aleksandr Shnyparkov (natural risk analysis and assessment), Dr. Tatiana Glazovskaya (GIS mapping of snow avalanches), Dr. Vladimir Golubev (physics of snow and ice), Prof. Vladimir Svetlosanov (mathematical modelling, system analysis).
Associate professor: Sergey Sokratov (physics of snow and ice)
Senior researchers: Dr. Tatiana Vashchalova (risk analysis and assessment), Dr. Valeriy Kudin (mathematical modelling), Dr. Elena Petrova (technogenic risk), Dr. Sergey Chernomorets (debris flows).
Researchers: Yuriy Seliverstov (geography and GIS mapping of snow avalanches), Dr. Alla Turchaninova (GIS mapping and modelling of snow avalanches), Denis Frolov (physics of snow and ice).
Junior researcher: Anton Komarov (snow properties, avalanche risk assessment).
Purposes and tasks
- Implementation of integrated scientific research works to contribute to investigations of avalanche hazard in mountain areas.
- Development of the theory of avalanche formation, snow steadiness and motion on mountain slopes.
- Elaboration of methods for forecasting the time of avalanching and measures to provide protection from snow avalanches and debris flows in different geographical conditions.
- Rendering of scientific and methodological assistance to different institutions and organizations in solving problems of avalanche hazard assessment in mountain areas.
- Development and refinement of methods for avalanche hazard prevention and measures for snow avalanche and mudflow control and protection.
- Study of glacier dynamics and corresponding disastrous phenomena.