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Cartography of avalanches in 3d of the Pyrenees:
ATES, avalanche mapping and terrain analysis. Load a track and plan the activity optimally.

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What is Atesmaps?

It is a 3D terrain viewer with avalanche cartography of the Pyrenees. It concentrates all the classified ATES zones, the most common avalanche trajectories and the evaluator trip planner, avalanche cartography of Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya and the layers of aspect, altitude and slopes. Track loading and 3d visualization allow you to plan the activity in the best possible way.



Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale: Classifies terrain into three categories according avalanche exposure degree; simple, challenging and complex. ATES classification is based on physical terrain features and dynamic of terrain avalanches.

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The Avalanche Danger Bulletin informs about the degree of avalanche danger and the possible condition of the snow cover for the hours after its emission. Its scope of analysis is regional and therefore does not adjust at the zone or slope level.

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Avaluator Trip Planner uses the ATES classification scale. It helps the user to choose the objective of the exit combining ATES and Avalanche Bulletin, with three gradual levels of recommendation; caution, extra caution, not recommended.

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The 3d visualization facilitates the interpretation of the terrain, to take references, to foresee points of decision making ... In addition, the selection of ranges of altitude, aspect and slopes and the superposition of avalanche cartography is incorporated.

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Terrain analysis scale

warning Prepare the activity optimally.

ATESMAPS incorporates cartographic and graphic information. Avlauator Trip Planner allows the user to choose the activity objectively, assuming the recommendations derived from the combination of ATES classification and Avalanche Bulletin. The bulletin, being a forecast of regional scope, does not allow to faithfully translate the forecast at slope level and therefore, it is the user who has to determine, recognizing the type of terrain and the snowy mantle, where the danger is. Thus, when we observe the mountain directly, we have to be able to analyze if the information contained in the Avalanche Bulletin and the trip Planner are adjusted to reality.

At the most precise scale, that of slope, the conditions of the mantle that we see and the analysis of the terrain that we carry out, are decisive in the decision making. The information of less detailed scales go to second term, since the hillsides can be affected by multiple variables that can not be assessed at a regional or mountain analysis scale.