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Abstract

In the assessment of the radiological impact on man of radioactive substances released into the environment, a knowledge of the behaviour of radionuclides in the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is essential. However, this behaviour is extremely complex; there are many processes involved since the transfer of a nuclide will depend on its physical and chemical properties, the way it reaches the environment and on the characteristics of the ecosystem. For most radionuclides which could be released to the environment from the nuclear fuel cycle, a vast quantity of information exists in the specialised scientific literature over the world. For those who have to evaluate the radiation exposure from discharges from a particular nuclear installation on a particular site, it is, therefore, extremely difficult to select from this wealth of information the models and parameter values relevant to the particular study in hand. The present report will certainly be of a considerable help in this respect since it provides for the radiologically most important chemical elements a summary of the models and parameter values to be used in various circumstances. It draws not only on information available from nuclear fallout and radioactive tracer studies, the more usual sources of information for those concerned with radiological problems, but also makes full use of data drawn from studies of stable element behaviour.

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Authors: COUGHTREY P J, ASSOCIATED NUCLEAR SERVICES, EPSOM (UK);JACKSON D, ASSOCIATED NUCLEAR SERVICES, EPSOM (UK);THORNE M C ASSOCIATED NUCLEAR SERVICES, EPSOM (UK), ASSOCIATED NUCLEAR SERVICES, EPSOM (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 194 P., 1985, ISBN 90 6191 293 8 WRITE TO A.A. BALKEMA, P.O. BOX 1675, 3000 BR ROTTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS), PRICE: HFL 120, (EUR 8115).
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