It is important for site characterization projects to manage the decision-making process with transparency and traceability and to transfer the technical know-how developed and accumulated during the research and development to the implementing phase as well as to future generations. The modeling of a geological environment supports efforts to clarify the degree of understanding regarding that geological environment, including uncertainty. Evaluation of the impact of uncertainties in a geological environment model is important to identify and prioritize key issues for further investigations. Therefore, a plan for site characterization should be made based on the results of the modeling. The aim of this study is to support the planning of initial surface-based site characterization based on the technical know-how accumulated from the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory Project and the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory Project. These projects are broad scientific studies of the deep geological environment that are a basis for research and development for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive wastes. In this study, the work-flow followed in developing the geological model, one of the geological environment models, and the related technical know-how acquired from literature data have been summarized.

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