Avalanche beacons test
Avalanche beacon (avalanche transceiver) is an essential equipment for those who hike during winter in alpine terrain. Due to development of digital technologies there are more and more new improved models available on the market. There is a vast choice of transceivers and potential users frequently ask questions like: how to choose the best device, what do particular parameters mean in practice and how do they affect an improvement in an avalanche beacon's quality. For these reasons Avalanche Prevention Centre of Slovak Mountain Rescue Service (SLP HZS) organized an independent avalanche beacons test in Jasna (Slovakia) last year.
The test participants included Czech Mountain Rescue Services, Tatra Volunteer Mountain Rescue Service (TOPR),Czech and Slovak Mountain Guides from UIAGM , Anna Pasek Foundation. SLP HZS workers were assisted during tests by HZS mountain rescuers from Low Tatras and Western Tatras.
Anna Pasek Foundation at Krakow Mountain Festival (KFG)
5 manufacturers, 14 models, 150 devices, over 3500 measurements.
The independent test of avalanche transceivers – presentation of the results at KFG festival.
The Anna Pasek Foundation invites everyone to a presentation of results of the independent test of avalanche transceivers, that takes place at the Krakow Mountain Festival (KFG). Analysis of the results will be presented during the safety program block, in room no 9, on Saturday 03rd December 2011, at 2:15 PM.
In April this year, a group of international specialists, academics, UIAGM guides and mountain rescuers from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, performed the first of its kind, independent testing of avalanche equipment. The aim of this study was to identify the actual parameters of commercially available avalanche detectors. Tested devices were examined for their maximum efficiency and accuracy. They were also analyzed for their susceptibility to interference from mobile phones or radios.
This is the first study of this type carried out by professional emergency services. Results of research proved to be extremely surprising on many issues.
The special guests of this presentation will be: Marek Biskupič – Head of the Avalanche Prevention Centre of the Slovak Mountain Rescue Service and Milan Lizuch, member of the Avalanche Prevention Centre, and author of the „Lawinowe ABC" publication.
Part this meeting will be dedicated to present and promote the "Lawinowe ABC" book.
Tests of avalanche transceivers were held between 18 and 20th April 2011, in Low Tatras.
Research organizer: The Avalanche Prevention Centre of the Slovak Mountain Rescue Service
TOPR, Czech Mountain Rescue Services, UIAGM, Jagiellonian University, Anna Pasek Foundation.
Lawinowe ABC (Milan Lizuch)
We are pleased to announce that "Lawinowe ABC" has appeared on polish market. The long-awaited book was written by Martin Lizuch, a mountain rescuer, an avalanche specialist of Slovakia's Horská záchranná služba.
"Lawinowe ABC" is a practical guide, introducing knowledge about avalanches presented in a condensed form. Like the essence of a genuine espresso, it stimulates our consciousness, driving our attention to the danger we can encounter in mountains during winter season.
"Avalanches are one of the biggest objective threats occurring in mountains. Even if we are equipped with the best modern technical devices, when caught by an avalanche we have slim chances of surviving. That's why a knowledge how to avoid it has always been the best protection against this threat "
Invitation to the 2nd Nationwide Workshops on Satellite Climatology “Klimsat 2011”.
Space Research Centre at Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management of the Jagiellonian University and Anna Pasek Foundation have the privilege to invite you to the 2nd Nationwide Workshops on Satellite Climatology “KlimSat 2011” , which will be held in Cracow on June 3-4, 2011.
The role of satellite data in modern research of the Earth’s atmospheric environment and our planet’s climate can not be overestimated.
Joanna Gudowicz- holder of scholarship 2010/11
Joanna Gudowicz, born in 1983, a PhD. student at the Laboratory of Geoinformation Analysis of the Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań.
The main stream of her research regards application of geographic information system and numerical hydrology models for fluid simulation of water and associated substances in conditions of young glacial catchments. She also undertakes research in the field of application of geoinformatic methods and techniques in the analysis of anthropogenic denudation on tourist trails in mountain regions. She participates in nationwide Integrated Environmental Monitoring Program, preparing land cover and land use maps based on high resolution satellite images. She especially engages herself in didactic activity connected with GIS by teaching polish and foreign students, PhD students and researchers of the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Science at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and during annual geographical workshops of the Committee of Geographical Sciences, Polish Academy of Science, which are devoted to geoinformation topics. She spends her free time on hiking and biking.