Modeling Future Climates for Nuclear Waste Disposal

by T. J. Crowley, Applied Research Corp, United States,
G. R. North, Applied Research Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


In order to ensure safe long term storage of nuclear waste it is necessary to consider possible consequences of future climate change. A program of long term climate scenario development is now underway. The plan calls for use of a climate model hierarchy because of the large expense incurred in using the most advanced climate models. First a number of extreme but marginally probable climate will be examined with simpler models, then a few selected cases will be examined with the best available general circulation models. Initial evaluation of estimates of future climate change suggest that precipitation increases may not be large enough to endanger the Yucca Mtn. site.

Subject Headings: Climates | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Waste disposal | Climate change | Precipitation | Waste sites | Site investigation | Nevada | United States

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