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Following the Chernobyl accident in 1986, diverse sampling and measurement methods for radioactivity deposition have been applied by the various European institutes. Because of the necessity for compatible and representative measurements for further analysis (eg time series analysis) and the need for better standardization methods in the event of a future accident with large transboundary release, several suggestions are made of how such harmonization might be achieved.

In view of the requirement for taking appropriate decisions in case of accidental releases by gaining experience in data standardization, the variety of the sampling and measurement methods of radioactivity currently used are briefly summarized and the results compared. In order to improve the quality of datasets, geographical information systems (GIS) amongst other methods, can be applied as a useful tool to highlight the lack of harmonization between the various sampling methodologies by indicating the data uncertainty.

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Authors: TSATUROV Y S, Roshydromet, Moscow (SU);DE CORT ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT);IZRAEL Y A ET AL, Institute of Global Climate and Ecology, Moscow (SU);TABACHNYI L Y, Minchernobyl, Kiev (UA);MATVEENKO ET AL, Republic Centre of Radiation and Environment Monitoring, Minsk (BY);SITAK V A, Goscomhydromet, Kiev (UA)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 1st International Conference of the European Commission, Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine on the Radiological Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident, Minsk (BY), March 18-22, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39533 ORA
Record Number: 199610191 / Last updated on: 1996-03-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en