Understanding the ecological impact of major fire in Chernobyl’s ‘Red Forest’


The National Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded an urgency grant for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to lead a team studying the effects of a major fire which affected an area known as the ‘Red Forest’ near Chernobyl.

RED FIRE is addressing two scientific hypotheses:

  1. The fire will have increased the mobility of radionuclides in the Red Forest
  2. Radiation will impact on ecosystem recovery from the effects of the forest fire

For further details see the CEH blog 

[Prof Nick Beresford in the Red Forest, Chernobyl in September 2016]