Natural hazard managment

Natural hazard managment

Natural hazard management deals with the overlapping areas of forest management and various engineering disciplines. Here we are talking about natural risk protection and the prevention of damage to humans by natural disasters caused by water, snow and relief.

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Flooding, erosion and stagnant moisture

Heavy rains are weather extremes which are difficult to deal with. There are studies and measures to protect the forest and the population. This article describes the buffering effect of forests as well as the problematic conditions of flood protection.

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Biological protection measures – A Protection Forest does more than you might think

The forest provides more effective protection against natural hazards than even experts in the field believed up to now. The newly developed "Protect Bio" method enables the evaluation of this biological protection service, how a first practical test in Switzerland shows.

Structural safety of timber structures used in torrent control

Timber is a valuable material used for building check dams in torrents. However, due to natural decomposition mechanical strength can decline in the course of time. How well do wooden check dams perform after 60 years?

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Soil stability: When porcini, chanterelle and co. make common cause with plants

Previously engineers used concrete and steel to stabilize landslip. Bioengineering uses nature, especially plants, for areal protection. (12)
Insurance for Storm Damage in the Swiss Forest?

Damage caused by natural hazards (e.g. on buildings) are usually covered by an appropriate insurance. So far, insurance of storm damage in forests is not common. What about the interest of forest owners in such a risk transfer?

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Using Plants against Erosion and Superficial Slope Failure

The stabilization of areas which are endangered by erosion and landslides is crucial for the protection from these natural hazards. Therefore, the restoration of the local vegetation plays a significant role.

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Attention, Rock Fall! The Development of more Efficient Protective Constructions

Wherever the forest is not sufficiently protecting settlements and traffic roads from rock fall artificial constructions are needed to fulfill this function. Over the past few years the efficiency of these protective constructions has significantly improved.

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