Climate change and landscape development in post-closure safety assessment of solid radioactive waste disposal: Results of an initiative of the IAEA

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


  • Tobias Lindborg
  • Mike Thorne
  • E. Andersson
  • Jens Karl Becker
  • Jenny Brandefelt
  • Tiberio Cabianca
  • Martin Gunia
  • Ari T.K. Ikonen
  • Emma Johansson
  • Ville Kangasniemi
  • Ulrik Kautsky
  • Gerald Kirchner
  • Richard Klos
  • Ray Kowe
  • Anne Kontula
  • Petri Kupiainen
  • Anne-Maj Lahdenperä
  • Natalie S. Lord
  • Dan J. Lunt
  • J.-O. Näslund
  • M. Nordén
  • S. Norris
  • D. Pérez-Sánchez
  • A. Proverbio
  • K. Riekki
  • A. Rübel
  • R. Walke
  • S. Xu
  • G. Smith
  • G. Pröhl

Institutes & Expert groups

  • SKB - Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co - Sweden
  • NAGRA - National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste
  • PHE - Public Health England
  • Oy Arbonaut Ltd
  • EnviroCase Ltd
  • UHH - University of Hamburg
  • Aleksandria Sciences Limited
  • RWM - Radioactive Waste Management Ltd
  • Fortum Power and Heat Oy
  • Saanio & Riekkola Oy
  • University of Bristol
  • Swedish Radiation Safety Authority
  • CIEMAT - Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
  • LLW Repository Ltd - Low Level Waste Repository
  • GRS - Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheid gGmbH
  • Quintessa Limited
  • GMS Abingdon LTd
  • IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
  • MTA - Mike Torne and Associates Limited - UK

Documents & links


The International Atomic Energy Agency has coordinated an international project addressing climate change and landscape development in post-closure safety assessments of solid radioactive waste disposal. The work has been supported by results of parallel on-going research that has been published in a variety of reports and peer reviewed journal articles. The project is due to be described in detail in a forthcoming IAEA report. Noting the multi-disciplinary nature of post-closure safety assessments, here, an overview of the work is given to provide researchers in the broader fields of radioecology and radiological safety assessment with a review of the work that has been undertaken. It is hoped that such dissemination will support and promote integrated understanding and coherent treatment of climate change and landscape development within an overall assessment process. The key activities undertaken in the project were: identification of the key processes that drive environmental change (mainly those associated with climate and climate change), and description of how a relevant future may develop on a global scale; development of a methodology for characterising environmental change that is valid on a global scale, showing how modelled global changes in climate can be downscaled to provide information that may be needed for characterising environmental change in site-specific assessments, and illustrating different aspects of the methodology in a number of case studies that show the evolution of site characteristics and the implications for the dose assessment models.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of environmental radioactivity
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • climate change, landscape development, post-closure safety assessments, solid radioactive waste disposal

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