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Analogue studies on natural systems have been carried out for more than two decades. It is generally acknowledged that the primary role of natural analogues in support of safety assessment is to provide qualitative information to help develop or confirm conceptual models by identifying which processes are responsible for the evolution of natural systems. The overall aim of the Thematic Network NAnet, as indicated in the project title �Network to review natural analogue studies and their applications to repository safety assessment and public communication�, was to make a critical review of past and present use and understanding of natural analogues, and to make recommendations for their future use with the intention to derive an �added value� for their application to safety assessment and as support to dialogue with the public. One of the primary outputs of the NAnet project presented in this report has been the compilation of an extensive suite of reviews of more than 70 individual analogue studies. These reviews cover traditional natural analogue studies as well as other studies of anthropogenic, archaeological or industrial systems which have some definable similarity with a radioactive waste repository and its surrounding environment. NAnet concluded by a need for the database of analogue reviews to expand and evolve over time allowing safety assessors and communication specialists to find valuable information to deal with safety assessment requirements and to support dialogue with stakeholders whilst several repository development programmes are moving forward and site decisions are being made in the EU Member States.

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Authors: DEGNAN P, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd, Harwell (GB);KNIGHT L, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd, Harwell (GB);NOSEK U, Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH, Köln (DE);AHONEN L, Geologian tutkimuskeskus, Espoo (FI);LACIOK A, Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc, Rez (CZ);TROTIGNON L, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);WOUTERS L, Organisme national des déchets radioactifs et des matières fissiles enrichies, Bruxelles (BE);HERNAN P, Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos SA, Madrid (ES);VELA A, Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Madrid (ES);MILLER B, Enviros Consulting LTD, Culham (GB);HOOKER P, Enviros Consulting LTD, Culham (GB);SMELLIE J, Conterra AB, Uppsala (SE);DALTON J, United Kingdom Nirex Ltd, Harwell (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21919 EN (2006), various paging. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-21919-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01816-7
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