An overview of natural hazard zoning with special reference to avalanches
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Natural hazards are increasingly a limiting factor in mountainous countries in connection with the growing population and economical development. People become more and more estranged to environmental conditions and are unable to recognize and control natural hazards. On the other hand the demand for safety of life and property is increasing in society and is requested to be transfered from the individuals to the authorities. In this state elaboration and presentation of natural hazards like avalanches, floods, debris flows, rockfalls and landslides in the mountainous areas of european countries like Austria was started in the last decades. The legal base and implementation of hazard zoning in Austria with special reference to avalanches, the use of runout models, the question of return periods, safety or risk consequences and acceptance by the people, political and economical consequences and prospective goals of avalanche hazard zoning in the future are briefly presented in the paper.