International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Biota Working Group

The Biota Working Group http://www-ns.iaea.org/projects/emras/emras-biota-wg.htm (BWG)was formed in 2004 by the IAEA as part of the Environmental Modelling for Radiation Safety (EMRAS)programme to address the gap of little validation and comparison of the different models and approaches being used and developed to estimate the radiation exposure on wildlife. The primary objective of the BWG, was: to improve Member State's capabilities for protection of the environment by comparing and validating models being used, or developed, for biota dose assessment (that may be used) as part of regulatory process of licensing and compliance monitoring of authorised releases of radionuclides.

For an overview of BWG activities and findings click here

BWG report

Refereed papers by the BWG

The recommendations of the BWG contributed to the establishing of three working groups considering environmental protections issues within the ERMAS II programme.