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Workshop  on environmental effects of chronic low level radioactive contamination



By bringing together scientists involved in environmental and/or laboratory studies of radiation effects, allied ecological fields and radiation protection specialists we hope to:

  • discuss field based studies of effects of radiation at low chronic dose rates
  • investigate the available radiation effects data for low dose rates and consider how these can be incorporated into improved radiation protection systems;
  • discuss current methods for deriving numerical dose rate benchmarks for application in environmental assessments;
  • consider uncertainties in dose estimation including measurements in the field
  • start to understand the basis behind some of the contrasting results and interpretations on the effects of radiation in the environment;
  • agree future research priorities and mechanisms whereby data can be shared.
  • gain a greater understanding of the impacts of radiation on wildlife

Agenda and links to presentations

Monday 4th February 2013

 Presentations on Field based studies on radiation effects


  • Internal and external doses and the effects of low-dose radiation. - Timothy A. Mousseau
  • Biological effects of chronic exposure to radionuclides in plant populations (Chernobyl + Komi. S. Urals) - Stanislav Geraskin 


  • Radioactive contamination of nest materials due to the Fukushima nuclear accident in passerine birds -  Shin Matsui
  • Fukushima-derived radionuclide exposure and effects on birds and frogs - Christelle Adam-Guillermin
  • From molecules to men: Effects of low-dose radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima. - A Møller

Others (Mayak., field irradiation)

  • Lessons learned from the small mammal field irradiator studies in Canada  - Steve Mihok
  • Issues concerning the measurement of Radioadaptation of small mammals in the East Urals radioactive trace  - Elena Grigorkina

Tuesday 5th February 2013

  • Radiobiological evidences for effects of chronic low doses on wildlife, with a particular focus on field data – Almudena Real
  • Application of screening values – Jacqueline Garnier Laplace
  • Uncertainties in measurement of radiation doses to biota in the field – Jordi Vives i Batlle
  • Comparison between data from lab and field - Dave Spurgeon

Presentations were followed by breakout groups to discuss key uncertainties and what are the key research priorities. (Chairs : Paul Whitehouse – EA & Claus Svendsen – CEH)           

Wednesday 6th February 2013 

Reporting on breakout sessions and general discussion

Publication lists of some participants







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