Human Factors in High Risk Environment

The research group is a part of Center for Avalanche Research and Education (CARE) and focus on how human factors impact decision making under uncertainty.Our approach is based on multi-disciplinary cooperation at the university, as well as with relevant Norwegian and international stakeholders. We are also interested in collaborations with other researchers or scientific communities.

Aims

1)  Review current methods for decision making in risky environments
2)  Hypothesize and test improvements
3)  Turn knowledge into action – to save lives

Human factor
8-9 out of 10 fatal avalanches have been triggered by the affected person or group. A better understanding of the decision process in avalanche terrain is therefore crucial for the success of safety initiatives.Observations of human error have made judgment and decision-making key to understand why people die in avalanches.

Multidisiplinary approach
The program will liaise with leading national and international partners in order to bring in best practices and state-of-the-art knowledge. CARE will couple students and supervisors from different disciplines in projects in order to examine all relevant factors to decision-making from a multi-disciplinary perspective.Research

The Science Program for the period 2015-2020  will apply well-established scientific methods. Students and researchers will have backgrounds from an array of sciences (natural, social, economics, psychology, etc) with the theme “avalanches” as a joint focus.
This will be an unprecedented opportunity to share knowledge between communities and apply methods in new ways – thus stimulating innovation.

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