Publication. Natural mountain hazards

As fascinating as they are, mountains remain dangerous due to avalanches, glacier hazards, floods and mudflows, landslides and rockfalls, etc. The economic development of mountain resorts increases the exposure of people who may not be aware of these risks. The effects of climate change on mountain regions cannot be overlooked as these areas are more sensitive to variations in temperature.

In order to develop a greater understanding of these events and of protective procedures and current research, a reference book by 2 Irstea scientists has been published by the Editions Quae [1]. The 392-page book brings together more than 50 specialists in the field. The book is enhanced by instructive diagrams, on-the-spot photos and many stakeholder testimonials

Set out as review cards, the book is split into 6 chapters:

  • Mountains and natural hazards
  • Snow and avalanches
  • Glaciers and glacier hazards
  • Erosion and torrential floods
  • Landslides
  • Rockfalls and cave-ins

This is a reference book designed for professionals and decision-makers but also for the general public. Everyone should read it!

Find out more on the Editions Quae website

For mor information

[1] Florence Naaim-Bouvet, engineer and researcher in geophysics, manager of the Mountain Hazards team at the Irstea Grenoble Center and Didier Richard, Director of the Torrential Erosion, Snow and Avalanches (ETNA) research unit at the Irstea Grenoble Center.