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 conditions evaluator, the avalanche cartography of the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya and the layers of orientations and heights. Track loading and 3d visualization allow you to plan the activity in the best possible way.
Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale: Scale that classifies the terrain into three categories according to the degree of exposure to avalanches; simple, demanding and complex. The ATES classification is based on the physical characteristics and dynamics of terrain avalanches.More info +
The Avalanche Hazard Bulletin informs about the degree of avalanche hazard 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.More info +
The condition evaluator uses the ATES classification scale. It helps the user to choose the objective of the exit combining ATES and BPA, with three gradual levels of recommendation; caution, extra caution, not recommended.More info +
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 heights and orientations and the superposition of avalanche cartography is incorporated.Go +
How Atesmaps works?
At the time of preparing the activity, BPA, meteo, topographic map, reviews are consulted ... ATESMAPS focuses on concentrating all available cartographic information, based on such valuable information as the classification scale of the land ATES .
1. Select area
Click on an area on the viewer. Depending on the available cartographic information, the zones are classified into three categories, symbolized in a specific color. In the menu you can see what information contains each category.
2. Load tracks
You can load one or more tracks and manage them in the pop-up menu.
3. Activate 3d (in review phase)
The 3d viewer has an optimal performance for the computer. With a tablet or mobile, 2d vision is recommended.
4. Manage layers
Different layers are enabled: ATES and trajectories of avalanches common for the classified zones, ranges of orientations and heights and avalanche cartography of the ICGC. The zones can contain one, two or three layers, depending on the available information. In the viewer menu, you can manage your visualization.
Ground analysis scale
warning Prepare the activity optimally.
ATESMAPS incorporates cartographic and graphic information. The condition evaluator allows the user to choose the activity objectively, assuming the recommendations derived from the combination of ATES classification and BPA. 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 BPA and the conditions evaluator 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.
At the moment, the Pyrenees have 5 zones with ATES classification. Atesmaps concentrates 4 zones, except the valleys of Ransol and Sorteny in Andorra, which do not offer the information to be treated and incorporated into the viewer. On the other hand, from Atesmaps, we are incorporating zones with orientation information and heights, allowing the autonomous analysis of the user to transfer the information contained in the BPA. Finally, the visualization of the avalanche cartography elaborated by the ICGC in the Catalan Pyrenees is offered.
Vall d'Aran. Tavascan.
Zonas con orientaciones y alturas (Catalunya)
Aran Franja Nord de la Pallaresa. Pallaresa
Ribagorçana - Vall Fosca
Perafita-Puigpedrós. Vessant Nord Cadí-Moixeró
Zonas con orientaciones y alturas (Andorra)
Andorra sur, central y norte
Zonas con orientaciones y alturas (Aragón)
Jacetania. Gállego. Sobrarbe. Ribagorza
Zonas con orientaciones y alturas (Francia)
Pyrenees Atlantiques. Hautes Pyrenees
Haute Garonne. Ariege. Pyrenees Orientales
Zonas con cartografía de aludes (ICGC)