STOCKHOLM, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - What impact would an ice sheet have on
a Swedish final repository for spent nuclear fuel? And how does a final
repository affect the surroundings if the ground is constantly frozen?
The answers to these questions can be found in Greenland.
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In Kangerlussuaq, in western Greenland, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste
Management Company, SKB, is participating in a major international
research project that investigates how glacial meltwater flows through
and under the ice sheet and forms groundwater that, in turn, would be
able to affect the safety of the repository. The project is called the
Greenland Analogue Project, GAP for short.
SKB is also studying what happens at the ground surface in a permafrost
landscape. How does the water at the surface flow in a landscape where
the ground is constantly frozen? And how does the biosphere work, where
all life is? These are questions for the GRASP Project: Greenland
Analogue Surface Project.
The nuclear fuel repository has to function and be safe for very long
periods of time. SKB's safety analyses investigate what will happen to the repository during as long a period
of time as one million years. That's the equivalent of as much as eight
ice age cycles. By examining existing ice sheets, like the one in
Greenland, climatologists can learn enough to be able to model what
could occur in the far future.
In these three short films about SKB's on-going research you can meet
some of SKB's researchers, learn more about both climate research in
general and the GAP and GRASP projects.
SOURCE: Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, SKB
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