Affordable Avalanche detector for remote Himalayan communities

The tragic Nepalese earthquake has brought to light a proposal that I’ve had brewing for almost 15 years; the development of an affordable, lightweight avalanche detector for remote Himalayan communities. By adapting Greg Charvat’s “Coffee-Can” radar, the plan is that local villagers can construct and manage their own system to allow local detection of dangerous slope conditions.

Press release from the University of the Sunshine Coast yesterday:

I’m currently completing an application for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in the hope to achieve funding to rollout this project across the Nepal Himalaya, potentially saving many lives…

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