Johan Gaume

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Head of Unit +41 21 693 51 69

GR B2 401 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne


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Fields of expertise

  • Snow
  • Avalanches
  • Fracture
  • (Geo)Mechanics
  • Computational mechanics
  • Natural Hazards




Gaume J, Chambon G, van Herwijnen A, Schweizer J.
Geophys. Res. Lett. 45(16) 8363-8369
Stress concentrations in weak snowpack layers and condition for slab avalanche release
Gaume J, Loewe H, Tan S, Tsang L.
Physical Review E (in press). 2017
Scaling laws for the mechanics of loose and cohesive granular materials based on Baxter’s sticky hard spheres
Gaume J and Reuter B
Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. (in press). 2017
Assessing snow instability in skier-triggered snow slab avalanches by combining failure initiation and crack propagation
Comola F, Kok J, Gaume J, Paterna E, Lehning M.
Geophys. Res. Lett. 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL073039. 2017.
Fragmentation of wind-blown snow crystals
Gaume J, van Herwijnen A, Chambon G, Wever N, Schweizer J.
The Cryosphere, 11, 217-228. 2017.
Snow fracture in relation to slab avalanche release: critical state for the onset of crack propagation
Schweizer J, Reuter B, van Herwijnen A, Richter B, Gaume J.
The Cryosphere, 10, 2637-2653. 2016
Temporal evolution of crack propagation propensity in snow in relation to slab and weak layer properties
van Herwijnen A, Gaume J, Bair E, Reuter B, Birkeland K, Schweizer J.
J. Glaciol., 62(236), 997-1007, 2016
Estimating the effective elastic modulus and specific fracture energy of snowpack layers from field experiments
Monti F*, Gaume J*, Schweizer J. (* co-first authors).
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 775-788. 2016
Snow instability evaluation: calculating the skier-induced stress in a multi-layered snowpack
Gaume J, van Herwijnen A, Chambon G, Birkeland K, Schweizer J.
The Cryosphere, 9, 1915-1932. 2015.
Modeling of crack propagation in weak snowpack layers using the discrete element method.
Steinkogler W, Gaume J, Loewe H, Sovilla B, Lehning M.
J. Geophys. Res., 120, 1107-1126. 2015
Granulation of snow: From tumbler experiments to discrete element simulations.
Reiweger I*, Gaume J*, Schweizer J. (* co-first authors)
Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 1427–1432, 2015
A new mixed mode failure criterion for weak snowpack layers.
Gaume J, Chambon G, Eckert N, Naaim M, Schweizer J.
The Cryosphere, 9, 795-804, 2014
Influence of weak layer heterogeneity and slab properties on slab tensile failure propensity and avalanche release areas.,
Gaume J, Schweizer J, van Herwijnen A, Chambon G, Reuter B, Eckert N, Schweizer J.
J. Geophys. Res, 119, 2014
Evaluation of slope stability with respect to snowpack spatial variability.
Podolskiy E, Chambon G, Naaim M, Gaume J.
Nat. Hazard Earth Syst. Sci.
Evaluation of rupture Mohr-Coulomb parameters through finite element modelling of shaking plateform experiments
Podolskiy E, Chambon G, Naaim M, Gaume J.
J. Glaciol., 59(218), 1189-1201, 2013
A review of finite element modelling in snow mechanics
Gaume J, Chambon G, Eckert N, Naaim M.
J. Glaciol., 59(215), 423-437, 2013.
Influence of weak layer heterogeneity on slab avalanche release: Application to the evaluation of avalanche release depths.
Gaume J, Eckert N, Bel L, Chambon G, Naaim M.
Water Resour. Res., 49(2), 1079-1098, 2013
Mapping extreme snowfalls in the French Alps using max-stable processes
Gaume J, Chambon G, Eckert N, Naaim M.
Geophys. Res. Lett., 39(12), L12401, 2012.
Relative influence of mechanical and meteorological factors on slab avalanche release depth distributions
Eckert N, Coleou C, Castebrunet H, Deschatres M, Giraud G, Gaume J.
Cold Reg. Sci. Technol., 64, 119-136, 2011
Cross comparison of meteorological and avalanche data for characterizing avalanche cycles: the example of December 2008 in the eastern part of the southern French Alps
Eckert N, Gaume J, Castebrunet H.
Procedia Environmental sciences, 7, 224-229, 2011
Using spatial and spatial-extreme statistics to characterize snow avalanche cycles
Gaume J, Chambon G, Naaim M.
Phys. Rev. E., 84(5), 051304, 2011
Quasistatic to inertial transition in granular materials and the role of fluctuations

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