Pascal Haegeli

Assistant Professor

pascal_haegeli@sfu.ca

778 782-3579

Website: Avalance Research

Dr. Pascal Haegeli is a renowned expert in avalanche safety research working on projects in Canada and worldwide. He joined the School of Resource and Environmental Management as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2015 and is one of the newest members of our Faculty.

Every winter, an average of 11 people are killed in avalanches in Canada and about 250 worldwide. The objective of Dr. Haegeli’s research is to develop evidence-based tools that assist backcountry recreationists and avalanche professionals to make better informed decisions when preparing for, and travelling in, avalanche terrain. Since avalanche safety includes both natural and human aspects, Dr. Haegeli’s research is situated at the interface between the natural and social sciences. His interdisciplinary research team uses approaches and methods from a wide variety of fields including atmospheric science, snow science, geography, GIS, risk analysis, decision-making science, communication, psychology, sociology, accident analysis, public health and medicine.

Some of the highlights of Dr. Haegeli’s prior research and development activities include: the development of the Avaluator, a decision aid for amateur recreationists travelling in avalanche terrain; and an examination into the effectiveness of avalanche airbags and the complete redesign of the InfoEx, the daily information exchange among Canadian avalanche safety operations.

Dr. Haegeli’s research is conducted in close collaboration with key stakeholders of the Canadian avalanche community including CP Rail, HeliCat Canada, Avalanche Canada, Avalanche Canada Foundation and the Canadian Avalanche Association.