Modelling Workshop with Project Partners and Zurich University

The University of Zurich (UZH), in its role as lead implementing partner to the Executing Entity of UNESCO within the GLOFCA Project, organizes a technical training addressed to experts in the field of natural hazards management for the numerical modelling of rapid mass movements and glacier lake outburst floods in particular.A detailed prediction of the height, the velocity and the impact pressure of mass movements are the basis for natural hazard assessment.The software RAMMS was specially designed to provide practitioners with a tool that can be applied to analyze problems that cannot be solved with one-dimensional models.RAMMS is a reliable numerical simulation tool yielding runout distance, flow heights, flow velocities and impact pressure of dense flow snow avalanches, hillslope landslides, glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs) and debris

The course is divided in two introductory webinars and a face-to-face workshop, which will be held in Almaty. 

On the 16th of Mai 2022, the first webinar took place.The four panelist, Prof. Christian Huggel, Dr. Perry Bartelt, Dr. Holger Frey and Dr. Alessandro Cicoira introduced general topics from disaster risk reduction and numerical modelling of rapid mass movements. 
Examples from different continents and different types of mass movements were covered, including snow avalanches, rockfalls, and GLOFs.

A large audience of almost 50 experts from the four Republic in Central Asia participated to the training.

On the 1st of June, the second webinar took place.The participants heard about the challanges and the assumptions used in the model from Dr. Brian McArdel.Also, two examples of mass movements from the Swiss Alps were examined in detail to illustrate the functionality and the potential of the model.The participants had the chance to get training on how to deal with highly relevant objects and obstacles such as houses, but also with low friction areas, such as roads.

Thanks to all the organizers from the UNESCO Almaty, the University of Zurich, the WSL-SLF institute, the translators, and all the interested participants, the two events were a success.These two webinars pave the road for the upcoming workshop that will be held in Almaty from the 27th to the 30th of June.There, the participants will have the opportunity to work with international experts on GLOFs modelling, follow hands-on exercises, and autonomously develop their own study cases.