Dynamic Use of Geoscience Information to Develop Scientific Understanding for a Nuclear Waste Repository

by N. G. W. Cook, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,
C. F. Tsang, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The development and safety evaluation of a nuclear waste geologic repository require a proper scientific understanding of the site response. Such scientific understanding depends on information from a number of geoscience disciplines, including geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geomechanics and hydrogeology. The information comes in four stages: (1) general regional survey data base, (2) surface-based testing, (3) exploratory shaft testing, and (4) repository construction and evaluation. A discussion is given on the dynamic use of the information through the different stages. We point out the need for abstracting, deriving and updating a quantitative spatial and process model (QSPM) to develop a scientific understanding of site responses as a crucial element in the dynamic procedure.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Radioactive wastes | Waste sites | Site investigation | Industrial wastes | Geomechanics | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Databases

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