VSSW Fernie 2020

Virtual Snow Science Workshop
Oct. 4 - 6, 2020

Presented by:

Welcome to the VSSW2020

Sunday, October 4

All times MDT (UTC – 6)

08:00

Posters available to view by registrants

10:00

Welcome Tech & Social

Join us to learn what to expect during this first-ever virtual snow science workshop. In preparation for a smooth online experience, there will be a full introduction to the technology we’ll be using.

11:30

Virtual Snow Science Workshop 2020 is officially open!

Monday, October 5

All times MDT (UTC – 6)

07:45

Introduction to VSSW Day 1

Oral Session 1 – “Decision Making and Terrain”
Session Chair: Robin Siggers

08:00

What’s economics got to do with it? A behavioral economist’s view on risk-taking behavior in avalanche terrain

08:30

Controlling the cognitive costs of coordination in distributed work teams: in other words, why ‘communication’ is a hard problem for mountain safety

09:00

Observed terrain use as a lens for understanding decision making

09:30

Using immersive experiences for training of hazard identification

10:00

Break

10:30

Next Level Professionalism: Integrating Professional Snowmobilers with Established Snow and Avalanche Communities

12:00

Break

Oral Session 2 – “Education and Engineering”
Session Chair: Mark Vesely

12:30

Autonomous multi-station avalanche detection system based on long-range radar technology for road safety at Bear Pass, BC

13:00

Rethinking the Heuristic Traps Paradigm in Avalanche Education

13:30 

Lifelong learning in avalanche terrain: The AIARE Risk Management Framework as a model for avalanche education

14:00

Intro to Interactive Poster Session

14:05 – 15:30

Interactive Poster Sessions

Tuesday, October 6

All times MDT (UTC – 6)

06:15

Intro to Interactive Poster Session

06:20 – 07:45

Interactive Poster Sessions

07:45

Introduction to VSSW Day 2

Oral Session 3 – “Rescue and Risk Communication”
Session Chair: Jennifer Coulter

08:00

The Howse Peak search and recovery operation

08:30

How to make avalanche bulletins more effective? Lessons from studying user practices

09:00

Chronicling an avalanche rescue at the height of the pandemic

09:30

Communicating likelihood and probabilities

10:00

Break

10:30

Finding Gold Dust: Mentorship in the Avalanche Industry

12:00

Break

Oral Session 4 – “Snow Properties and
Changing Environments”
Session Chair: Bruce Jamieson

12:30

Flow regime transitions and thermal equilibrium in avalanches

13:00

Red Chair Drift: A unique challenge in avalanche forecasting

13:30

The influence of climate change on avalanches – a potential view into the future

14:00

Closing Remarks

We would like to thank the following for their generous support of the VSSW!

We would also like to recognize the following for their continued support of the ISSW 2021 to be held in October of 2021. View the ISSW 2021 sponsors.

Additional VSSW sponsorship opportunities are available, for more information contact: sponsorship@issw2020.com