Partner 3: Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority

The NRPA is the competent national authority in the area of radiation protection and nuclear safety in Norway. It is responsible for inter alia monitoring of natural and artificial radiation in the environment, and increasing our knowledge of the occurrence, risk and effects of radiation. NRPA is leader of the Norwegian Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Organisation. NRPA has been involved in numerous EC projects since FP4. It has a team of dedicated researchers in the field of radioecology and emergency preparedness and response, with substantial experience in the field of post-accident management (e.g. STRATEGY, TMT Handbook), rehabilitation (e.g. EURANOS), environmental protection (e.g. EPIC, FASSET, PROTECT) and modeling (e.g. ERICA). Lately, NRPA has had an active involvement in the STAR, NERIS-TP and PREPARE projects. Staff members contributing to COMET:

Senior researcher Justin Brown has been involved in the co-ordination of large scale research projects at a national and international level. He has been involved in numerous EC projects including since FP4, including the FASSET, ERICA, PROTECT and STAR projects. He has wide experience in marine and terrestrial radioecology, dosimetry and environmental protection. He has a consistent and extensive record in the peer reviewed literature.

Senior researcher Håvard Thørring has been involved in numerous EC projects in both radioecology and rehabilitation. He is an environmental chemist who has specialised in radioecology, terrestrial ecosystems and post-accident rehabilitation. He has 15 years’ experience in radiation research and is currently involved in the STAR project.

Senior researcher Lavrans Skuterud has 20 years research experience in radioecology, countermeasure strategies, whole body measurements and public information. He served as an expert on food contamination, monitoring and countermeasures for FAO in Rome after the Fukushima accident. He has been involved in numerous national and international research projects in radioecology and post-accident management and rehabilitation, most lately in the STAR, NERIS-TP and PREPARE projects.

Senior researcher Mikhail Iosjpe has nearly 20 years experience in radioecology and marine modeling of radioactive contamination. He has developed the NRPA box model for marine transport of radionuclides from routine discharges or accident situations and has an extensive record of publications in marine radioecology and modeling. He has participated in numerous EC projects and is also participating in the PREPARE project.

Other participating scientists: Dr. Ali Hosseini (physicist) specialist in radioecology, wild life dosimetry and Bayesian statistics; MSc Martin Ytre-Eide (astro physics) specialist in databases, model development and GIS analysis; PhD student Astrid Liland (nuclear chemist) specialist in  emergency preparedness, recovery, radioecology and radiation in society; she was formerly leading the section for radiation research and has substantial experience in EC projects, most lately in STAR, NERIS-TP and PREPARE; Dr. Åste Søvik (radiation physicist, veterinarian radiology specialist) new head of section for radiation research at NRPA with a dedicated team of 10 researchers in radioecology, radiobiology and post-accident response and rehabilitation.