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Spatio-temporal optimization of groundwater monitoring network at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
CANada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactors have been in operation since the 1950s. Nowadays CANDU Owners Group (COG) is actively pursuing Strategic Research and Development to improve CANDU decommissioning and remediation activities. As part of this initiative, sampling optimization and characterization methods for soil and water are being pursued as these can significantly reduce decommissioning costs. The adequacy of current approaches in distributed screening networks is questioned by calling statistical and geostatistical criteria. Opportunities for improvement have been identified to support the optimization of the number and location of sampling points at CANDU nuclear sites. […]
by Yvon Desnoyers and Pedram Masoudi, Geovariances, Mike Grey, Kinectrics.
Keywords: Tritium monitoring, undergoing active decommissioning, time-space characterization, sampling optimization, groundwater surveying, temporal correlation