Environmental studies on radioecological sensitivity and variability with special emphasis on the fallout nuclides 90Sr and 137Cs. Part 1. Main text

A. Aarkrog

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    Abstract

    Radioecological sensitivity and variability are quantities that are used to characterize the radioecological properties of environmental samples. The radioecological sensitivity is the infinite time-integrated radionuclide concentration in the environmental sample considered arising from a deposition of 1 mCi km-2 of the radionuclide in question. This quantity makes it possible to compare various environments as to their vulnerability to a given radioactive contamination. The variability of the concentrations of a radionuclide in an environmental sample, with respect to a given parameter, is defined as the partial coefficient of variation due to this parameter. The variability with time is a useful way to assess the route of contamination of the sample and the local variability is ←→ measure of environmental inhomogenity with respect to radioactive contamination. Radioecological sensitivity and variability were applied to the 90Sr and 137Cs data obtained from the environmental studies on the human foodchain carried out during the last two decades in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. The per caput effective dose-equivalent commitments from radioactive debris from nuclear weapons testing was estimated to be 1.6 mSv in Denmark, 4.2 mSv in the Faroe Islands, and 1.6 mSv
    in Greenland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages267
    ISBN (Print)87-550-0734-1, 87-550-0727-9
    Publication statusPublished - 1979
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R
    Number437(Pt.1)
    ISSN0106-2840

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    • Risø-R-437(Pt.1)

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