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Spatial radionuclide deposition data from the 60 km radial area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: results from a sampling survey in 1987

Kashparov, Valery; Levchuk, Sviatoslav; Zhurba, Marina; Protsak, Valentyn; Beresford, Nicholas A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8722-0238; Chaplow, Jacqueline S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8058-8697. 2020 Spatial radionuclide deposition data from the 60 km radial area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: results from a sampling survey in 1987. Earth System Science Data, 12 (3). 1861-1875. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1861-2020

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Abstract/Summary

The data set “Spatial radionuclide deposition data from the 60 radial km area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: results from a sampling survey in 1987” is the latest in a series of data to be published by the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) describing samples collected and analysed following the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in 1986. The data result from a survey carried out by the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology (UIAR) in April and May 1987 and includes sample site information, dose rate, radionuclide (zirconium-95, niobium-95, ruthenium-106, caesium-134, caesium-137 and cerium-144) deposition, and exchangeable (determined following 1M NH4Ac extraction of soils) caesium-134 and 137. The purpose of this paper is to describe the available data and methodology used for sample collection, sample preparation and analysis. The data will be useful in reconstructing doses to human and wildlife populations, answering the current lack of scientific consensus on the effects of radiation on wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and evaluating future management options for the Chernobyl-impacted areas of Ukraine and Belarus. The data and supporting documentation are freely available from the EIDC under the terms and conditions of the Open Government Licence (Kashparov et al., 2019; https://doi.org/10.5285/a408ac9d-763e-4f4c-ba72-73bc2d1f596d).

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1861-2020
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1866-3508
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Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 27 Aug 2020 09:17 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/528387

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