Research activities at Fonnbu

Fonnbu has, since its inception in 1973, been used for the collection of baseline data on weather and snow conditions, and for the monitoring of avalanches in the area. Fonnbu is located near the full-scale experimental avalanche facility, Ryggfonn, which is also located in the Grasdalen valley. Fonnbu is therefore used to accommodate personnel and serves as a starting point for field tests.

Research activities around Fonnbu have since the start been characterized by international cooperation. Already in the 1970s, foreign researchers stayed for long periods to conduct research here, and researchers from Austria are invited every year to attend the full-scale field tests in Ryggfonn. At the 2006 opening of the modernized Fonnbu in, more than 40 avalanche experts from Europe and the Americas were present.

Avalanche warning

Every day during the winter, NGI works out avalanche forecast alerts for individual sites in Norway. One of the alert areas is RV 15 of Strynefjellet. For this area, the experiences from many years of research at Fonnbu, in all types of weather, and data from the local weather station are important for the daily forecast alerts and for the development of improved notification services.

Training courses

The field station is not only important to NGI's applied avalanche research but is also a location where avalanche experts and people interested in avalanches and avalanche research, both from Norway and abroad, can stay and operate for periods of time. Numerous avalanche training courses and events have been held at Fonnbu, and the upgraded station has made it perfect for educational activities. Among others, junior colleges and universities, Nortind, The Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Red Cross regularly hold their courses here.