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Remote sensing to monitor uranium tailing sites. A review

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Abstract

This report concerns the feasibility of using remotely-sensed data for long-term monitoring of uranium tailings. Decommissioning of uranium mine tailings sites may require long-term monitoring to confirm that no unanticipated release of contaminants occurs. Traditional ground-based monitoring of specific criteria of concern would be a significant expense depending on the nature and frequency of the monitoring. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether available remote-sensing data and techniques were applicable to the long-term monitoring of tailings sites. This objective was met by evaluating to what extent the data and techniques could be used to identify and discriminate information useful for monitoring tailings sites. The cost associated with obtaining and interpreting this information was also evaluated. Satellite and aircraft remote-sensing-based activities were evaluated. A monitoring programme based on annual coverage of Landsat Thematic Mapper data is recommended. Immediately prior to and for several years after decommissioning of the tailings sites, airborne multispectral and thermal infrared surveys combined with field verification data are required in order to establish a baseline for the long-term satellite-based monitoring programme. More frequent airborne surveys may be required if rapidly changing phenomena require monitoring. The use of a geographic information system is recommended for the  More>>
Publication Date:
Feb 01, 1992
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
INFO-0403
Reference Number:
SCA: 052002; PA: AIX-24:007808; SN: 93000932581
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Feb 1992
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; MILL TAILINGS; AERIAL SURVEYING; MONITORING; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; REMOTE SENSING; SATELLITES; 052002; WASTE DISPOSAL AND STORAGE
OSTI ID:
10119223
Research Organizations:
INTERA Technologies Ltd., Ottawa, ON (Canada); Atomic Energy Control Board, Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE93612750; CNN: AECB Project no. 5.142.1; TRN: CA9200955007808
Availability:
OSTI; NTIS (US Sales Only); INIS
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
[178] p.
Announcement Date:
Jun 30, 2005

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None. Remote sensing to monitor uranium tailing sites. A review. Canada: N. p., 1992. Web.
None. Remote sensing to monitor uranium tailing sites. A review. Canada.
None. 1992. "Remote sensing to monitor uranium tailing sites. A review." Canada.
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title = {Remote sensing to monitor uranium tailing sites. A review}
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abstractNote = {This report concerns the feasibility of using remotely-sensed data for long-term monitoring of uranium tailings. Decommissioning of uranium mine tailings sites may require long-term monitoring to confirm that no unanticipated release of contaminants occurs. Traditional ground-based monitoring of specific criteria of concern would be a significant expense depending on the nature and frequency of the monitoring. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether available remote-sensing data and techniques were applicable to the long-term monitoring of tailings sites. This objective was met by evaluating to what extent the data and techniques could be used to identify and discriminate information useful for monitoring tailings sites. The cost associated with obtaining and interpreting this information was also evaluated. Satellite and aircraft remote-sensing-based activities were evaluated. A monitoring programme based on annual coverage of Landsat Thematic Mapper data is recommended. Immediately prior to and for several years after decommissioning of the tailings sites, airborne multispectral and thermal infrared surveys combined with field verification data are required in order to establish a baseline for the long-term satellite-based monitoring programme. More frequent airborne surveys may be required if rapidly changing phenomena require monitoring. The use of a geographic information system is recommended for the effective storage and manipulation of data accumulated over a number of years.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1992}
month = {Feb}
}