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Avalanche hazard zoning in Vail, Colorado: the use of scientific information in the implementation of hazard reduction strategies

Oaks, Sherry D. and Dexter, Lee (1987) Avalanche hazard zoning in Vail, Colorado: the use of scientific information in the implementation of hazard reduction strategies. Mountain Research and Development, 7 (2). pp. 157-168. ISSN 1994-7151

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Abstract

The inter-relationship between settlement pressures in the Town of Vail, Colorado and the hydrological and geophysical natural hazards of the upper Gore Creek valley poses problems shared by other rapidly developing towns in Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states. What is unique in Vail's case is that town government officials and some early developers sought expert scientific opinion on the identification and mapping of these natural hazards before such action was legally required. The scientific information was incorporated into hazard zoning ordinances. This paper examines with several case-studies how the municipality of Vail has used the expert scientific information in the implementation of its avalanche hazard zoning and how it has responded to land-use decisions in relation to the pressures of property development in those zones.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.2307/3673309
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Social and Behavioral Science > Geography, Planning and Recreation
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 16:29
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1037

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