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24/11/2015

Ecological consequences of chronic exposure to ionising radiation in the contaminated territories after the Fukushima accident

 

​IRSN publishes a new scientific paper in collaboration with two renowned ecologists concerning the consequences of nuclear accidents on fauna and flora.


Several field studies dedicated to consequences of nuclear accidents on wildlife report significant deleterious effects for dose rates of ionising radiation estimated so low that their conclusions clearly challenge the basic knowledge in radiobiology.

On the basis of ecological data describing the bird community in the Fukushima area, a publication from IRSN in collaboration with two renowned ecologists - Anders Møller and Timothy Mousseau - highlights that a better dosimetric estimation reconciles in situ observed effects with scientific knowledge of dose-effect relationships.

 

IRSN information note of 24 November 2015 "Realistic dose reconstruction for non-human species to assess the ecological consequences of chronic exposure to ionizing radiation in the contaminated territories after the Fukushima accident" (PDF)

 

Read the scientific publication "Radiological dose reconstruction for birds reconciles outcomes of Fukushima with knowledge of dose-effect relationships"

 

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