Rock laboratories provide researchers with the opportunity to carry out experiments on a large scale. This allows the rock and its behaviour to be investigated under relevant conditions and technical procedures and methodologies to be tested. Such experiments provide key input for constructing geological repositories.
Nagra has its own rock laboratory on the Grimsel pass in Canton Bern and is involved in the programme at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Canton Jura; the latter is managed by the Federal Government (Federal Office of Topography, swisstopo).
The rock laboratories can also be visited by interested groups, allowing the research activities to be experienced first-hand.