United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Irène Korsakissok

After graduating from the French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 2005, Irène began a PhD thesis focused on multiscale modeling and uncertainty analysis for air quality modeling. In 2009, she joined the French Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), where she became in charge of the research and development of the local-scale atmospheric dispersion model pX, included in IRSN's platform C3X used for operational response in case of nuclear emergencies. She also regularly participates in national crisis exercises. She was involved in IRSN's emergency response to the Fukushima crisis, and in post-Fukushima research for improving atmospheric dispersion models through the joint French-Japanese project SAKURA, from 2014 to 2017. She has worked, among other topics, on global sensitivity analysis and uncertainty propagation applied to the Fukushima case. Since 2017, she is also leader of the work package (WP) 1 of the European project CONFIDENCE, which involves 31 partners from 17 European countries. The CONFIDENCE project performs research focused on uncertainties in the area of emergency management and long-term rehabilitation. The WP1 is devoted to uncertainties linked to the pre and early release phases of a nuclear accident. In this framework, hypothetical accident scenarios in Europe have been defined, and comparisons are made between atmospheric dispersion ensemble simulations and dose calculations performed by several European partners. The aim is to produce guidelines and operational tools for emergency response and decision making including uncertainties.

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