About ASCEM: Minimizing Risk; Maximizing Predictability
A Department of Energy project, Advanced Simulation Capabilities for Environmental Management (ASCEM) was formed to create an integrated approach that creates a modeling platform with a high performance computing (HPC) framework and several user application toolsets that together allow full integration between data, simulations, and uncertainty assessment.
Toward Transformational Predictive Capabilities
ASCEM was formed to better meet the challenges of efficiently and cost-effectively minimizing environmental, safety and health risks across the EM complex. It will develop transformational, high performance computer modeling capabilities to improve our ability to predict the fate and movements of underground contaminants and the degradation of engineered materials that contribute to contaminant release. ASCEM goals include:
- Develop modular toolsets capable of accurately representing key aspects of complex engineered and subsurface environments to enable greater realism, enhance accuracy and agility, and improve uncertainty quantification.
- Implementing a graded approach to using current and future HPC toolsets to solve the most difficult EM challenges, appropriately matching the solution to the complexity of the problem.
- Provide a transformational capability to simulate coupled degradation, hydrological, geochemical and microbiological processes across EM’s complex waste site environments.
- Implement formal uncertainty quantification and decision tools in a standardized framework to improve efficiency and consistency when approaching the diverse set of DOE-EM modeling problems.
- Improve EM’s ability to evaluate and select more cost effective short and long-term remediation options to protect human health and the environment.