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A method for assessing exposure of terrestrial wildlife to environmental radon (222Rn) and thoron (220Rn).
Sci. Total Environ. 605-606, 569-577 (2017)
A method is presented to calculate radiation dose rates arising from radon, thoron and their progeny to non-human biota in the terrestrial environment. The method improves on existing methodologies for the assessment of radon to biota by using a generalised allometric approach to model respiration, calculating dose coefficients for the ICRP reference animals and plants, and extending the approach to cover thoron in addition to radon-derived isotopes. The method is applicable to a range of environmental situations involving these radionuclides in wildlife, with an envisaged application being to study the impact of human activities, which bring NORM radionuclides to the biosphere. Consequently, there is a need to determine whether there is an impact on non-human biota from exposure to anthropogenically enhanced radionuclides.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Dose Coefficients ; International Commission On Radiological Protection (icrp) ; Non-human Biota ; Radon ; Thoron; Dose Conversion Coefficients; Aquatic Biota; Erica Tool; Dosimetry; Animals; Plants; Lung; Mammals; Progeny
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0048-9697
Quellenangaben Volume: 605-606, Pages: 569-577
Publishing Place Amsterdam
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute of Radiation Protection (ISS)