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Abstract

In the context of the long-term disposal of nuclear waste, risk analysis is characterised by very distinctive features: the long time scale considered in the assessment, the uncertainty affecting most of the model parameters, and the complexity of the decision making process based on incomplete data. Another unique feature is the strong perception of the public towards the practice of nuclear waste disposal and its associated risks. The discussion of risk perception and its interpretation is based on the psychometric, social psychological and sociological approaches. System variability analysis is described, with particular emphasis on uncertainty analysis, sensitivity analysis and risk computation, showing how statistics can assist in handling data that are incomplete or uncertain. A worked example concerning the sub-seabed disposal option is used to illustrate how a risk analysis is conducted in practice. Geology and climatology also form part of the picture; complex climatic changes can affect the evolution of a repository and must be taken into account. An example of glaciation is discussed in detail. The final section of the work is devoted to the use of natural and archaeological analogues to the disposal system. The most effective examples performed to date are presented and critically analysed.

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Authors: SALTELLI A, JRC Ispra (IT);STANNERS D A, JRC Ispra (IT);D'ALESSANDRO M (EDITORS), JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11969 EN (1989) 404 pp.
Availability: Available from Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, P.O.Box 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 0-7923-0476-4
Record Number: 198911198 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en