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How satellites are helping us understand deadly avalanches

The Chamoli disaster site is a hotspot for avalanches. Image: Unsplash/ Krzysztof Kowalik

Lydia Sam

Lecturer in Earth Observation & Planetary Science, University of Aberdeen

Anshuman Bhardwaj

Senior Lecturer of Earth Observation and Planetary Sciences, University of Aberdeen


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The 2016 avalanche that made the area more vulnerable to the event that followed in 2021, below. Image: Anshuman Bhardwaj/University of Aberdeen,
The 2021 Chamoli avalanche consisted of 80% rock and 20% ice, which made it all the more deadly. Image: Anshuman Bhardwaj/University of Aberdeen

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