Requirements for estimation of doses from contaminants dispersed by a 'dirty bomb' explosion in an urban area

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

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    The ARGOS decision support system is currently being extended to enable estimation of the consequences of terror attacks involving chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological substances. This paper presents elements of the framework that will be applied in ARGOS to calculate the dose contributions from contaminants dispersed in the atmosphere after a ‘dirty bomb’ explosion. Conceptual methodologies are presented which describe the various dose components on the basis of knowledge of time-integrated contaminant air concentrations. Also the aerosolisation and atmospheric dispersion in a city of different types of conceivable contaminants from a ‘dirty bomb’ are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)1005-1011
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Radioecology and tracer studies
    • Nuclear technologies

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