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Environmental Management: Nuclear Waste Site 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 contamination under the Savannah River F-area basin as a contour plot over time along with a terrain model (structured mesh with elevation data) and well sites.


Scientific research by Mark Freshley (PNNL), Laura Monroe (LANL), Gregory Flach, Deno Karapatakis (SRNL), Deb Agarwal and Arie Shoshani (LBNL). 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 Jennifer Horsman, Hari Krishnan, Joerg Meyer and Alexandru Romosan.