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Estimating radionuclide transfer to wild species—data requirements and availability for terrestrial ecosystems

Beresford, N.A.; Broadley, M.R.; Howard, B.J.; Barnett, C.L.; White, P.J.. 2004 Estimating radionuclide transfer to wild species—data requirements and availability for terrestrial ecosystems. Journal of Radiological Protection, 24 (4A). A89-A103. 10.1088/0952-4746/24/4A/006

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Abstract/Summary

Assessment of the transfer of radionuclides to wild species is an important component in the estimation of predicted doses to biota. Reviews of available data for the many potential radionuclide–biota combinations which may be required for environmental assessments highlight many data gaps for terrestrial species. Here, we discuss different approaches which have been suggested to compensate for these data gaps. All of the reviewed approaches have merit; however, there is a requirement for transparency in methodology and data provenance which in some instances is currently missing. Furthermore, there is a need to validate the various methodologies to enable their usewith confidence. The requirements of improving our ability to predict radionuclide transfer to wild species are discussed and recommendations made.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1088/0952-4746/24/4A/006
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > SE01B Sustainable Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals > SE01.4 Monitoring and predicting the distribution of chemicals in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
CEH Sections: _ Environmental Chemistry & Pollution
ISSN: 0952-4746
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 25 Apr 2012 08:56
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17732

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