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Research article
25 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 25 Nov 2016

Weichselian permafrost depth in the Netherlands: a comprehensive uncertainty and sensitivity analysis

Joan Govaerts, Koen Beerten, and Johan ten Veen

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The Rupelian Clay in the Netherlands is currently the subject of a feasibility study with respect to the storage of radioactive waste in the Netherlands (OPERA-project). Many features need to be considered in the assessment of the long-term evolution of the natural environment surrounding a geological waste disposal facility. One of these is permafrost development since it may have an impact on various components of the disposal system.