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Links to other project websites of interest to radioecology

TREE, EAGLEFREEBIRD, PROTECTBIOPROTAEnvironmental Radioactivity NetworkWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Radioactivity and the Environment Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

The aim of the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship is to make the extensive research conducted within the RATE programme available and useful. The work conducted within RATE was focussed on fractures in the subsurface environment, biogeochemical processes associated with radionuclides in the environment, transport and transfer of radionuclides in the natural environment and the effects of radiation to wildlife.

The overall scope of the fellowship is to:

1. Communicate and apply the science delivered from the RATE research programme to a variety of users, including policy makers, government agencies and industry.

2. Build on the legacy of RATE by fostering collaborative working both nationally and internationally to ensure the science can have the greatest impact.

3. Share best practice across the research consortia in areas such as data integration, methodology and policy linkage.

4. Link and draw on the common areas of the research consortia to use RATE as the lens through which to focus lessons for further research on radioactivity and the environment.

For more information see the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship website or contact Dr Katherine Raines

The TREE project

TREE is one of three consortia funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Environment Agency (EA) and Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) under the Radioactivity And The Environment (RATE) programme.

The overall objective of the TREE project is to reduce uncertainty in estimating the risk to humans and wildlife associated with exposure to radioactivity and to reduce unnecessary conservatism in risk calculations. This will be achieved through four interlinked science components beginning with improving our understanding of the biogeochemical behaviour of radionuclides in soils through to studying the transgenerational effects of ionising radiation exposure on wildlife. Our studies will combine controlled laboratory experiments with fieldwork; most of which will take place in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).

CONFIDENCE PROJECT

The H2020 CONFIDENCE Project aims to close existing gaps in several areas of emergency management and long-term rehabilitation. It concentrates on the early and transition phases of an emergency, but considers also longer-term decisions made during these phases. The project brings together expertise from all four Radiation Protection Platforms and also from Social Sciences and Humanities, such that it can address the scientific challenges associated with model uncertainties and improve radioecological predictions and emergency management (NERIS and ALLIANCE), situation awareness and monitoring strategies (EURADOS), risk estimation in the early phase (MELODI), decision making and strategy development at local and national levels (NERIS) including social and ethical aspects (Social Sciences and Humanities).

 

EAGLE

The EAGLE project is a Euratom FP7 "coordination action" of 3 years, launched under the work programme 2012 which helped identify and disseminate good practices in information and communication processes related to ionising radiation.

The EAGLE FP7 project is now closed. Final results are shown in the deliverables

 

Radiological protection of the environment - sharing knowledge

Radiological protection of the environment - sharing knowledge. This wiki site has been developed under a UK NERC funded Knowledge Exchange project to develop training packages (including on-line training materials) on radiological environmental assessment. The pages include information on international and national activities on radiation protection of the environment.

They also contain information on all the outputs of the EURATOM projects with have developed the tools and concepts for application in the field of radiation protection of the environment: PROTECT, ERICA, FASSET and EPIC. The pages contain links to radiological environmental assessment tools (software and spreadsheet models) which are freely available to any user. You can use this site to ask questions about approaches being used/developed to demonstration protection of the environment.

The FREEBIRD project

The aim of the Freebird (Fukushima Radiation Exposure and Effects in BIRD populations) project, launched in October 2011, is to study the effects of ionising radiation in birds in the contaminated zone situated 100 km around Fukushima for 18 months. This project is being conducted by IRSN (Radionuclides Ecotoxicology Laboratory) with Arizona State University - Tempe (United States) and Tsukuba University (Japan) and aims to determine whether links exist between the doses received by birds, observed physiological modifications and their consequences on reproduction.

Further information is available from the link provided above and information on other research projects developed by IRSN is available here. Photo: Barn swallow © IRSN.

BIOPROTA

BIOPROTA was set up to address the key uncertainties in long term assessments of contaminant releases into the environment arising from radioactive waste disposal.

Environmental Radioactivity Network

The Environmental Radioactivity Network (Env-Rad-Net) is an STFC-funded global challenge network aimed at engaging the UK’s environmental radiochemistry research community to develop the use of STFC central facilities. In particular, synchrotron (Diamond Light Source), neutron (ISIS), laser (CLF), and computing techniques (SCD).

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The release of radioactive contaminants from Fukushima remains an unprecedented event for the people of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Help scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveal the ongoing spread of radiation across the Pacific and its evolving impacts on the ocean - See more at: http://ourradioactiveocean.org