Remote Sensing for Nuclear Power Plant Siting

by Barry S. Siegal, Remote Sensing Geologist; Ebasco Services Inc., Greensboro, N.C. 27407,
Charles W. Welby, Prof.; Dept. of Geosciences, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, N.C.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 3, Pg. 317-329

Document Type: Journal Paper


Remote sensing techniques enhance the selection and evaluation process for nuclear power plant siting. The principal advantage is the synoptic view which improves recognition of linear features, possibly indicative of faults. The interpretation of such images, in conjunction with seismological studies, also permits delineation of seismo-tectonic provinces. In volcanic terrains, geomorphic-age boundaries can be delineated and volcanic centers identified, providing necessary guidance for field sampling and regional model derivation. The use of such techniques is considered for studies in the Philippines, Mexico, and Greece.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Volcanoes | Developing countries | Remote sensing | Nuclear power | Linear functions | Philippines | Mexico | Greece | Europe

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