About

White Heat is a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is collaboration between a group of researchers in UiT The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø, Montana State University, in Bozeman, USA, and Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden. The home of the project is at the Centre for Avalanche Research and Education (CARE) at UiT.

The aim of White Heat is to generate new and usable knowledge on excessive risk-taking behavior in general, and on factors behind decision errors in avalanche terrain in particular.

We will use the White Heat website to disseminate the results of our findings and to post blog posts that relate to risk-taking behavior and safe travel in avalanche terrain.

WHITE HEAT RESEARCHERS

Andrea Mannberg is the project leader of the White Heat project. Mannberg works as an Associate Professor at UiT. Mannberg is an economist by profession and a backcountry skier by heart. Her main research interest is risk-taking behavior in general and situations in which individuals do not behave as Homo Economicus in particular.

Jordy Hendrikx is Associate Professor at the department of earth sciences, Montana State University. Hendrikx is the director of the Snow and Avalanche Lab (www.montana.edu/snowscience) and leader of the project “Understanding Behavior in Avalanche Terrain: A Crowd Source Approach“.

Jerry D. Johnson is Professor in Political Science at Montana State University. Jerry is specialized in research on decision making and risk, Political Economy of Public Lands, and National Park Management. Jerry and Jordy is jointly responsible for the project on how geographical footprints made by skiers, and snowmobilers can give us information on decision making in avalanche terrain (“Understanding Behavior in Avalanche Terrain: A Crowd Source Approach“).

Audun Hetland holds a PhD in psycholgy and is the Director of the science program at the Avalanche Science Center at UiT. Hetland’s reserach is focused on emotions and high-risk sports.

Tomas Sjögren is a Professor in Economics at Umeå University. Sjögren’s research is focused on market failures, social interaction and dynamic optimization.

Markus Landrø is one of the most knowledgeable avalanche experts in Norway. He works as chief engineer at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, and is head of the avalanche observers in Norway. Markus will soon start his PhD at CARE.

Stein Østbye is a Professor in Economics at UiT but has spent most of his life in the mountains. His research is focused on strategic interaction and migration. He is currently working on establishing a network for experimental economics in the Arctic region.

Maria Skjeldås is a Master student in Economics. Maria will write her master thesis within Project 1.

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