RED FIRE: radioactive environment damaged by fire: a forest in recovery

Barnett, C.; Beresford, N.; Norton, L.; Wells, C.; Wood, M.D.; Entwistle, N.; Shaw, G.; Young, S.; Kashparov, V.; Churilov, A.; Morozova, V.; Gaschak, S.; Salbu, B.. 2017 RED FIRE: radioactive environment damaged by fire: a forest in recovery. [Poster] In: 4th International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER), Berlin, Germany, 3-8 Sept 2017. Berlin, Germany. (Unpublished)

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Radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident killed a 4-6 km2 area of coniferous forest. This area, now known as the 'Red Forest', subsequently regenerated with understorey vegetation and deciduous trees; it is the most anthropogenically-contaminated radioactive ecosystem on Earth. In July 2016, a severe fire burnt c. 80% of the Red Forest to varying degrees and presented a unique opportunity to study: the effect of fire on radionuclide mobility/bioavailability; and the impact of radiation on the recovery of forest ecosystems exposed to a secondary stressor (fire).

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Shore
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 26 Sep 2017 10:01 +0 (UTC)

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