Determination and implementation of the Multi-criteria decision analysis for prioritization and remediation of agricultural parcels after a nuclear disaster.

SCK•CEN Mentor

Abrams Floris,, +32 (0)14 8806

Expert group

Biosphere Impact Studies

SCK•CEN Co-mentor

Sweeck Lieve , , +32 (0)14 33 28 52


In the aftermath of a large-scale nuclear emergency like Chernobyl (1989) and Fukushima (2011), selection and prioritization of affected farmland for remediation are key to return to normalcy in food production. Ranking and prioritization in this context becomes increasingly difficult with time and resource constraints and often conflicting criteria. In this MSc. thesis project, a hypothetical nuclear accident scenario with atmospheric release in the nuclear plant of Tihange will be studied. Using Stakeholder engagement (expert groups) and literature, criteria will be set for the multi-criteria decision analysis. More advanced MCDA techniques will be explored contributing to a better decision-making processes and management of uncertainty in a nuclear context. These criteria will be implemented in a spatially explicit MCDA workflow, for prioritization of remediation efforts after a nuclear disaster. The projects is part of coordinated research activities “Remediation of radioactive contaminated agricultural land” in collaboration with the IAEA.


  1. Review of literature about decision making for nuclear emergency response and remediation, a.o. about DSS4NAFA ( ), RODOS ( )
  2. Identification of the criteria and the required underlying data to proceed with a multi-criteria evaluation of the affected parcels for setting remediation priorities;
  3. Application and comparison of the outcome of various multi-criteria ranking methods to the set of agricultural parcels and the related farms or exploitations within the impact zone to come up with a prioritization scheme

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

Academic bachelor

The candidate needs to have a background in