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It is now generally accepted that there is a need to explicitly demonstrate that the environment is protected from authorised discharges of radioactive substances. In response a number of assessment tools (models) have been developed. As the need for environmental assessment increases there is a requirement to ensure that regulators, industry and their representatives are: conversant with assessment objectives; know how to use available tool; can interpret the results; understand the implications of how the tools are used.The Natural Environment Research Council has provide funding, under the Knowledge Exchange programme, to develop training packages (including on-line training materials) on radiological environmental assessment aimed specifically aimed at regulators and industry and those who may conduct assessment on their behalf. The project is lead by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology with collaborators from the University of Stirling, England & Wales Environment Agency, Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN).

The training programme is focussed towards the use of the ERICA Tool however, we also consider other approaches. To date we have run four two day training courses between April 2010 and June 2012 in the United Kingdom; see Training courses - schedule & details for further information and feedback from participants.

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We can organise training courses tailored to your needs.

We also recently ran two, 2.5 day courses in Australia (March/April 2012). These were attended by 17/18 participants representing organisations such as national and state regulators, the uranium mining industry and consultants. The course were an adaptation of those we have run in the UK, but, focussed to more local interests with associated practical exercises.

If you would like to organise a similar course please contact Cath Barnett for more information.

Please see what's on the website for details of what information can be found on this site; for instance, all of the outputs from the EC EURATOM projects PROTECT, ERICA, FASSET and EPIC are now housed on this site, and you can see the questions people have asked on environmental assessment together with our answers (Questions & Answers).

A few tips for using the wiki


The Radioecology Exchange"> The Radioecology Exchange

STAR is an EC EURATOM funded project with objectives to integrate radioecology programmes in key European organisations, develop joint training programmes, manage and disseminate knowledge and conduct a focused research programme.

Please see the STAR Radioecology Network of Excellence website

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for more information.

Updated by: Catherine Barnett 12/06/2012

Approaches to providing missing transfer parameter values in the ERICA Tool - How well do they work?"> Approaches to providing missing transfer parameter values in the ERICA Tool - How well do they work?

New paper available on-line evaluating the approaches used to provide missing values in the ERICA Tool.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett 12/06/12

Wildlife Transfer Database

The wildlife tranfer database is now back on-line.
Your assistance in populating the database with any suitable data on concentration ratios that you may have would be welcomed.
More information can be found here.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett 15/06/11

Health Physics Special Issue: 25 years of research in Chernobyl

Radiation Monitoring and Radioecology Research in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 25 Years after the Accident 2011.

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Health Physics, Vol.101 No.4.

Updated by: Catherine Barnett 24/10/11

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