The Open Avalanche Framework


AvaFrame is a cooperation between the Austrian Avalanche and Torrent Service (Wildbach- und Lawinenverbauung; WLV) and the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald; BFW) within the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria: Agriculture, Regions and Tourism (BMLRT).

Our mission is to develop an open source framework (licensed with the European Union Public license (EUPL) ) for avalanche simulations which replicates and simplifies current simulation procedures and models at the WLV and make them accessible to the public domain.

Our aims are to make AvaFrame:

  • applicable in an operational setting e.g. for hazard mapping or planning of mitigation measures within the WLV and civil engineering.

  • extensible for scientific applications to be used to develop new methods, models and cover a wide range of scientific topics.

  • easily usable and extendable by (inter-)national partners, academia and interested users.

AvaFrame is part of an BMLRT initiative to foster technological innovation within a strategic focus on the area of Austrian safety policies, digital innovations and climate mitigation strategies.

Information in German can be found on the BMLRT Homepage.

A summary of the latest advances of the project can be found on the Avaframe homepage web-page.

Feel free to contact us at our matrix room if you have any questions or suggestions. AvaFrame is in an early development phase and all ideas and contributions are welcome!

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Computational modules

Input/transformation modules

Analysis/helper modules