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Lessons from an Environmental Information System Developed to Select a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site

  • Simon M. Veitch
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 39)

Abstract

Lessons are presented that have been derived from an Environmental Information System (EIS) developed to assist the potentially contentious decision-making task of selecting a suitable site for the disposal of Australia’s low-level, and short-lived intermediate-level radioactive waste. The EIS was developed using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and includes a graphic display, tools and functions menus, menus to access theme data, and a decision and interpretation menu. The EIS, named ASSESS, highlights the benefits of having identified a clear purpose such as site selection. For the system to be appropriate for the user and its clients it should balance a simple design with the ability to perform complex tasks.

Key words

Environmental Information System site selection radioactive waste user interface ASSESS GIS decision systems data management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon M. Veitch
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  1. 1.Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & ForestryBureau of Rural SciencesAustralia

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