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This is the website of the MoDeRn project, a platform to inform the public. You will find here information, news, status and public documents. Since MoDeRn is an ongoing project, the content of this website will be updated frequently.

The MoDeRn project aims at providing a reference framework for the development and possible implementation of monitoring activities and associated stakeholder engagement during relevant phases of the radioactive waste disposal process, i.e. during site characterisation, construction, operation and staged closure, as well as a post-closure institutional control phase.

The MoDeRn project is supported by co-funding from the European Atomic Energy Community's 7th Framework Programme (Activity area: "Management of radioactive waste"). This 4 years collaborative project (2009-2013) applies an interdisciplinary approach and brings together 18 partners from the European Union, the United States of America, Japan and Switzerland.


Tuesday May 5 2015

New EC project on monitoring

A new EC project on monitoring has been approved!

A new project on monitoring called Development & Demonstration of monitoring strategies and technologies for geological disposal - Modern2020 was submitted under the umbrella of the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP) and in the framework of the H2020 Euratom Call (2014-2015). Modern2020 was favourably evaluated by the European Commission. The project starts in June 2015.

Based on the outcomes of the EU-FP7 project MoDeRn, the overall objective of Modern2020 is to provide the means for developing and implementing an effective and efficient repository operational monitoring programme, taking into account the requirements of specific national programmes. Modern2020 focuses on monitoring of the near-field during repository operations. The work addresses the following issues: i) Strategy: develop a detailed methodology for screening safety cases to identify needs-driven monitoring strategies and to develop approaches for responding to monitoring information; ii) Technology: resolve outstanding technical issues in repository monitoring, including gaps in research in monitoring technologies (coupling of different wireless data transmission technologies, research into power supply, geophysics, reliability and qualification of components; iii) Demonstration and Practical Implementation: enhance the knowledge on the operational implementation and demonstrate the performance of state-of-the-art and innovative techniques by running full-scale and in-situ experimentations; iv) Societal concerns and Stakeholder Involvement: Develop and evaluate ways for integrating public stakeholders concerns and societal expectations into national repository monitoring programmes.

Further information can be found on www.modern2020.eu (to be launched in September 2015) and www.igdtp.eu.