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This data set has been originally created at GRID- Geneva for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. It was last updated in December 2000 and its status is 31 December 1999. The IAEA has been collecting operating experience data for nuclear power plants in the IAEA Member States since 1970. In 1980, the data were computerized into the Power Reactor Information System, or PRIS. Since then, PRIS has been kept continuously updated and improved, such that it now constitutes the most complete data bank on nuclear power reactors in the world. It is being used widely and constitutes an essential source of nuclear power information for many concerned parties.
The GRID/IAEA Nuclear Power Sites data set is not a duplication of the PRIS system, but a global geo- referenced database created with the GIS software ARC/INFO. It is meant to be used principally for locating nuclear power sites on a global scale, and it contains not only the geographical coordinates but also much useful thematic information on attributes such as country, site name, type of reactor, status of rector, capacity and number of reactors per site.
Explanation of the Data Processing done by GRID
At the end of 1999, 249 nuclear power sites were distributed throughout the world, including a total of 563 reactors. Among the reactors, 436 were active, 35 under construction and 92 in a shut down state. The data set consists of an ARC/INFO point coverage in geographic coordinates stored in decimal degrees of latitude/longitude, representing the nuclear power sites of the world with a series of thematic attributes and an INFO file holding attributes concerning the nuclear power reactors. The locations of the nuclear sites are based mainly on IAEA PRIS, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various other Internet sources. They were verified before being digitized at GRID-Geneva.
The point coverage known as "SITTOT99" has a point attribute table holding for each site the following attributes :
C. Item Name W. OW. TY. N.D. Variable
1 AREA 4 12 F 3 5 PERIMETER 4 12 F 3 9 SITTOT99# 4 5 B - 13 SITTOT99-ID 4 5 B - 17 SITECODE 3 3 I - Code of Site 20 SITENAME 23 23 C - Name of Site 43 COUNTRY 18 18 C - Country Name 61 LONGITUDE 4 12 F 3 Site Longitude (Dec. Deg.) 65 LATITUDE 4 12 F 3 Site Latitude (Dec. Deg.) 69 REACTOT 3 3 I - Number of Reactors 72 REACACT 3 3 I - Number of Active Reactors 75 REACCON 3 3 I - Number of Reactors Under Construction 78 REACSHU 3 3 I - Number of Shut Down Reactors 81 COORDSOURCE 39 39 C - Source of coordinates
For information concerning the reactors, the following file can be associated with the point coverage's attribute table using a RELATE operation. The item SITECODE exists in both files. This info file known as "REATOT99" has the following attributes related to the reactors :
1 SITECODE 3 3 I - Code of Site 4 CODE 6 6 C - Code of Reactor 10 NAME 26 26 C - Name of Reactor 36 STATUS 1 1 C - Status of Reactor 37 TYPE 5 5 C - Type of Reactor 42 CAPACITY 4 4 I - Net Capacity of Reactor
In the item STATUS, 'A' represents active reactors, 'C' reactors under construction and 'S' shut down reactors.
The coverage SITTOT99 and the info file REATOT99 are distributed as two ARC/INFO 'EXPORT'- format data files The coverage SITTOT99 and the info file REATOT99 are distributed as two ARC/INFO 'EXPORT'- format data files.
The data file "SITTOT99.E00" comprises 80 kilobytes in size and can be imported using the following Arc/Info command:
IMPORT COVER SITTOT99.E00 SITTOT99
The data file "REATOT99.E00" comprises 33 kilobytes in size and can be imported using the following Arc/Info command:
IMPORT INFO REATOT99.E00 REATOT99
In addition, the Nuclear Power Sites data set is distributed as a paper map or poster called "NUCLEAR POWER SITES AND STATUS OF REACTORS (OPERATING, UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR SHUT DOWN)" Status as of 31 December 1999.
This poster is composed of a map of the world showing the distribution of the nuclear power sites, surrounded by ten enlarged areas covering: Europe, the United States and Canada, Puerto Rico, India and Pakistan, China, Korea and Japan, Argentina and Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Iran, Russia and five graphs.
For each site, information such as name of the site, reactor type, reactor status and reactor number can be read on the maps. Number of reactors per country, reactor proportion status per country, types of reactors used in the world, and net capacity of active reactors can be read on the graphs.
International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federation of American Scientists, Nuke Database System, and various other Internet sources.
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