Estimation of health hazards resulting from a radiological terrorist attack in a city

Kasper Grann Andersson, Torben Mikkelsen, Poul Astrup, Søren Thykier-Nielsen, L.H. Jacobsen, L. Schou-Jensen, S.C. Hoe, Sven Poul Nielsen

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    In recent years, the concern for protection of urban populations against terror attacks involving radiological, biological or chemical substances has attracted increasing attention. It sets new demands to decision support and consequence assessment tools, where the focus has traditionally been on accidental exposure. The aim of the present study was to illustrate issues that need to be considered in evaluating the radiological consequences of a 'dirty bomb' explosion. This is done through a worked example of simplified calculations of relative dose contributions for a specific 'dirty bomb' scenario leading to atmospheric dispersion of Sr-90 contamination over a city area. Also, the requirements of atmospheric dispersion models for such scenarios are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)297-307
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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