• 2016
  • Brochure/flyer
  • Oeschger Centre
  • Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

December 1916: Deadly Wartime Weather

December 1916: Deadly Wartime Weather
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December 1916: Deadly Wartime Weather
December 1916: Deadly Wartime Weather

One of the worst meteorological disasters in history took place in the southeastern Alps during the infamous winter of 1916/17. Avalanches following a massive snowfall event killed thousands of soldiers as well as civilians. Novel insight into the event arises from a detailed reconstruction based on weather forecast models and shows the potential of combining numerical techniques with historical documents. This helps to better understand worst-case weather events in the past and future and their societal impacts.

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Another Avalanche coming down at Untere Sulztalalm 1900 m, near Gries in the Sulztal: Austria on 9 February 2003
  • 20.12.2016
  • Oeschger Centre
  • Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
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Deadly Wartime Weather

One of the worst meteorological disasters in history took place in the southeastern Alps during the infamous winter of 1916 /17. Avalanches following a massive snowfall event killed thousands of soldiers as well as civilians. Novel insight into the event arises from an interdisciplinary study conducted at the Oeschger Centre. It provides detailed reconstruction based on weather forecast models and shows the potential of combining numerical techniques with historical documents.
2016
Dec 7
Webseite des SLF: Lawinen
  • Lecture
  • Bern

Deadly Wartime Weather – Erkenntnisse aus extremen Wetterverhältnissen

Vor hundert Jahren, mitten im Ersten Weltkrieg, ereignete sich in den Südalpen eines der folgenreichsten Wetterereignisse. Nach extremen Schneefällen lösten sich zahlreiche Lawinen, welchen Tausende von Soldaten zum Opfer fielen. Mit neuen Methoden haben Klimatologen des Oeschger-Zentrums dieses Wetterereignis im Detail rekonstruiert – und ihre Resultate mit den Analysen von Historikern verglichen. Dadurch konnte im Nachhinein erklärt werden, wie es zur Katastrophe kam. Diese Erkenntnisse tragen dazu bei, heutige und zukünftige Wetterrisiken besser beurteilen zu können.

Tags

  • Weather
  • Climate dynamics
  • Climatic oscillations
  • History
Publisher

Oeschger Centre

Publisher

Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Languages

English, German, Italian