A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals

Brown, J.E.; Alfonso, B.; Avila, R.; Beresford, N.A.; Copplestone, D.; Hosseini, A.. 2016 A new version of the ERICA tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 153. 141-148. 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.12.011

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A new version of the ERICA Tool (version 1.2) was released in November 2014; this constitutes the first major update of the Tool since release in 2007. The key features of the update are presented in this article. Of particular note are new transfer databases extracted from an international compilation of concentration ratios (CRwo-media) and the modification of ‘extrapolation’ approaches used to select transfer data in cases where information is not available. Bayesian updating approaches have been used in some cases to draw on relevant information that would otherwise have been excluded in the process of deriving CRwo-media statistics. All of these efforts have in turn led to the requirement to update Environmental Media Concentration Limits (EMCLs) used in Tier 1 assessments. Some of the significant changes with regard to EMCLs are highlighted

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.12.011
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: radioecology, environmental risk assessment, non-human biota, ERICA tool
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 14 Jan 2016 12:50 +0 (UTC)

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