Environmental Management: Hanford Site Nuclear Waste Clean-up



In an effort to provide computational infrastructure for environmental management solutions, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management (ASCEM) initiative, a multi-year program that involves geologists, hydrologists, physicists and computer scientists from various national laboratories, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). ASCEM is a state-of-the-art approach for integrating data, software and scientific understanding to improve subsurface contaminant fate and transport simulations used to support environmental management decisions.

The image depicts simulated Technetium-99 contamination under six cribs at the Hanford site (volume rendering).

Acknowledgements

Scientific research by David Moulton and Carl Gable (LANL). This work was supported by the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Office of Environmental Management, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Visualization by Joerg Meyer.