Paper on the on-line gas monitoring of the Full-scale Emplacement experiment

Our manuscript on the gas dynamics in a trial run for a spent-fuel emplacement drift in the Underground Rock Laboratory at Mont Terri (Switzerland) has been accepted and is already available on the web. Here the details:

Tomonaga, Y., Giroud, N., Brennwald, M. S., Horstmann, E., Diomidis, N., Kipfer, R., & Wersin, P. (2018). On-line monitoring of the gas composition in the Full-scale Emplacement experiment at Mont Terri (Switzerland). Appl. Geochem., doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.11.015.

Article on the oxygen dynamics in the FE experiment

Our first article on the evolution of the gas composition in the Full-scale Emplacement (FE) experiment has been published as:

Giroud, N., Tomonaga, Y., Wersin, P., Briggs, S., King, F., Vogt, T., & Diomidis, N. (2018). On the fate of oxygen in a spent fuel emplacement drift in Opalinus Clay. Appl. Geochem., 97, 270-278, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.08.011.

Here you can download the manuscript for FREE (until Oct. 25th 2018).

Gas monitoring in Japan

At present we are installing an on-line gas monitoring system at an hydrothermal well in the city of Beppu (Oita Prefecture, Japan), along the Japan Median Tectonic Line. This project is performed within the frame of a scientific collaboration between the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) (Dr. Kipfer), the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI) of The University of Tokyo (Dr. Sano), and the Institute for Geothermal Sciences of Kyoto University (Dr. Shibata).

The monitoring aims to provide a comprehensive dataset to infer any possible relation between gas geochemistry and seismic activity in the surrounding region. The measurements will last until the end of May 2018.