Pascal Haegeli

Dr. Pascal Haegeli


Pascal Haegeli is an Assistant Professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University where he holds the University Research Chair in Avalanche Risk Management. He leads the SFU Avalanche Research Program (SARP), where he and his graduate students conduct problem-focused avalanche safety research at the interface between the natural and social sciences. The objective of SARP is to advance avalanche safety knowledge and develop evidence-based tools that assist avalanche professionals and backcountry recreationists to make better informed decisions when preparing for and travelling in avalanche terrain. To address this challenge, members of SARP employ approaches and methods from a wide variety of fields including atmospheric science, snow science, geography, GIS, risk analysis, decision-making science, communication, psychology, sociology, accident analysis, public health and medicine.

SARP works closely with and is financially supported by the Canadian avalanche safety community. Dr. Haegeli Research Chair is financially supported by Canadian Pacific, HeliCat Canada, the Canadian Avalanche Association, Avalanche Canada and Avalanche Canada Foundation. Additional financial support for SARP projects have been provided by Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and Mitacs. The close collaboration between researchers, professional avalanche safety programs and agencies responsible for public avalanche safety provides a unique research environment for developing and implementing practical solutions to real world problems and offers meaningful training opportunities for graduate students.

Selected Publications

Wilderness Medical Society Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Avalanche and Non-Avalanche Snow Burial Accidents
Van Tilburg, Ch., Grissom, C., Zafren, K., McIntosh, S., Radwin, M.I., Paal, P., Haegeli, P., Smith, W.R., Wheeler, A.R., Weber, D., Tremper, B., and Brugger, H. (2017)
Submitted to Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 28(1), 23-42. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2016.10.004

Research on personal risk in outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism
Haegeli, P. and Pröbstl-Haider, U.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 13, 1-9(2016). doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2016.02.001

The effect of heads-up-display (HUD) goggles on skiing and snowboarding speeds
Garner, J., Haegeli, P., and Haider, W.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 13, 79-90(2016) . doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2016.01.001

Accident causes and organizational culture among avalanche professionals
Johnson, J., Haegeli, P., Hendrikx, J., and Savage, S.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 13, 49-56 (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2015.11.003.

 The effectiveness of avalanche balloon packs
Haegeli, P., Falk, M., Procter, E., Zweifel, B., Jarry, F., Logan, S., Biskupič, M., Kronholm, K., and Brugger H.
Resuscitation 85(9), 1197-203 (2014). doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.05.025.

A qualitative analysis of group formation, leadership and decision making in recreation groups traveling in avalanche terrain
Zweifel, B., and Haegeli, P.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 5-6, 17-26 (2014). doi: 10.1016/j.jort.2014.03.001.

Identifying a high-risk cohort in a complex and dynamic risk environment: Out-of-bounds skiing—an example from avalanche safety
Haegeli, P., Gunn, M., and Haider, W.
Prevention Science 13(6), 562-573 (2012). doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0282-5.

Comparison of avalanche survival patterns in Canada and Switzerland
Haegeli, P., Falk, M., Boyd, J., Brugger, H., and Etter, H.-J.
Canadian Medical Association Journal 183(7), 789-795 (2011). doi: 10.1503/cmaj.101435.