The 2nd Mumolade Network Event (Winter School), Zurich Dec.'12

The 2nd MUMOLADE training event took place at ETH Zurich from Dec. 3.-11, 2012, including a one day excursion to the SLF (Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, WSL) in Davos.

High quality training was provided to a new generation of researchers. Teaching was focused on the assessment of gravitational flows by computations, experiments, and in nature. A series of comprehensive lectures and talks on modeling techniques for granular flow, experimental possibilities in geotechnical laboratories and today’s engineering practice in prediction and protection measures has been provided to our Mumolade students, but also to 15 external PhD students who gained a full grant for the Winter School. 

The visit to the world leading research institute on Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos (SLF) gave the students the opportunity to get frontier research information in the area of avalanche research from the first hand. 

The scientific part covered the following subjects:

  • Granular matter, by Prof. Hans J. Herrmann
  • Fluids and transport in wet granular matter, by Prof. Hans J. Herrmann
  • Gravity Driven Rapid Mass Flows, by Prof. Kolumban Hutter
  • Practical research work of Geobrugg on the development and design of flexible debris flow and shallow landslide barriers, by Dr. Corinna Wendeler
  • Types, Predisposition, Preparatory Factors, and Triggers of Large Rock Slope Instabilities, by Prof. Simon Löw
  • The Rüdlingen landslide experiment, by Prof. Sarah M. Springman
  • Debris flows: from initiation to deposition, by Dr. Dieter Rickenmann
  • Snow Avalanche Dynamics, by Dr. Perry Bartelt
  • Acoustic emissions related to avalanche release and detection, characterisation, and strength of weak layers in a snow pack, by Dr. Ingrid Reiweger and Dr. Denes Szabo
  • Avalanches and self-organized criticality, by Dr. Nuno Araujo
  • Principles of centrifuge modelling and application to rainfall induced slope instability, by Amin Askarinejad
  • The physics of dunes, by Prof. H. Herrmann
  • Numerical modelling of debris flows using RAMMS: Capabilities and limitations, by Dr. Yolanda Deubelbeiss

Some additional training on complementary skills “How to survive my PhD” and a Flac3D course was provided by Dr.Katharina Lehmann and by Benedikt Wöhrl, respectively.

Beside the scientific enrichment, several social events offered the students some memorable moments, a pleasant time for communication and conversation.

A Supervisory board meeting was held on Dec. 12, 2012.

Visit our gallery on facebook to take a look at some pictures taken during the workshop in Zurich and Davos.