In the joint project, recommendations are to be derived for the consideration of uncertainties in the performance and communication of safety investigations in interaction with the geoscientific consideration in the site selection procedure. These recommendations are to work towards a transparent and comprehensible performance and application of the safety investigations, an adequate communication of results, for example in scientific and public participation formats, and have the level of detail of guidelines. Both scientific-technical aspects and those linked to the "human factor", i.e. human reliability in the process chain and in the context of people, technology and organization, will be considered.
Specifications from domestic and foreign regulations and recommendations of international organizations as well as relevant findings on the analysis and evaluation of human reliability over the process chain including so-called psychological biases in processes - also beyond nuclear waste disposal - are evaluated, processed in an interdisciplinary manner and combined with the findings from the other associations of the cluster. A thematic structure for recommendations for the consideration of safety-relevant uncertainties in the site selection process will be developed and iteratively refined in cooperation with all associations of the cluster. Following this structure, recommendations for a strategy for dealing with uncertainties in the site selection process, in particular in the comparison of sites (also in view of different safety concepts) and the related communication, will be developed.
The recommendations are derived taking into account the results of all projects of the URS cluster, the work of the alliance of TU Clausthal and University of Kassel focuses on regulatory aspects. The work at the Institute for Repository Research at the TU Clausthal focuses on scientific-technical aspects, while the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Kassel is particularly concerned with issues of human reliability. The results are to be combined in two interdisciplinary dissertations (one for each collaborative partner).
In coordination and exchange with the other collaborative projects in the research cluster, contributions are made to the education and training of young scientists in the entire cluster.