The objective of the collaborative project MoDeRn is to take the state-of-the-art of broadly accepted, main monitoring objectives, to develop these to a level of description that is closer to the actual implementation of monitoring during the staged approach of the disposal process, to verify whether such implementation is able to address expert and lay stakeholder expectations, to provide an understanding of monitoring activities and available technologies that can be implemented in a repository context, and to provide recommendations for related, future stakeholder engagement activities.


The MoDeRn project is structured into six technical work packages (WP). An additional WP deals with consortium management (WP0).

WP1 – WP4 are dedicated to:

  • analyze key objectives for monitoring and propose viable monitoring strategies, taking into account both technical and stakeholder considerations (WP1);
  • establish the state of the art and provide technical developments to match specific repository requirements (WP2);
  • conduct in-situ monitoring demonstration experiments using innovative techniques (WP3); and
  • conduct a case study of monitoring and its integration into staged disposal, including specific scenario analysis aimed at providing guidance on how to handle an communicate monitoring results, in particular when these provide “unexpected” information (WP4).

WP5 regroups all dissemination and outreach activities, including engagement with expert (e.g. regulators or safety authorities) stakeholders and an end-of-project, international conference to be conducted under EC auspices. WP6 will synthesize and integrate the results of all other WPs to provide a reference framework for monitoring throughout the disposal process, describing feasible monitoring activities, suggesting relevant stakeholder engagement activities, and illustrating possible uses of monitoring results for decision-making.


Pert Diagram of MoDeRn project