Development of a debris-flow risk reduction design tool

Steep creek hazards such as debris flows and debris floods pose a considerable risk to mountain communities and infrastructure. Relative to other geohazards, debris flows and debris floods are particularly hazardous because they travel rapidly, provide minimal warning and occur frequently. In Canada, professionals have little experience with debris-flow risk reduction due to limited development in mountainous areas. As mountain communities and infrastructure projects expand into more rugged terrain, there will be an increased demand for debris-flow and debris-flood protection in our country. This project aims to address this demand, by drawing on local and international experience to create a framework to inform the design of sustainable debris-flow risk reduction measures in Canada.

Faculty Supervisor:

Douglas Stead


Emily Moase


BGC Engineering


Geography / Geology / Earth science


Management of companies and enterprises


Simon Fraser University



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