Assessment of population radiation exposure at the edge of the exclusion zone 32 years after the Chernobyl accident: Methods and preliminary results

J. M. Bertho*, M. Maître, P. Croüail, W. Naito, N. Shkliarava, A. Mostovenko, Kelly Jones, M. Simon-Cornu

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A case study was conducted in the village of Komarin in Belarus at the edge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, with the aim of evaluating the spatial and temporal variability in external and internal postaccidental radiation exposure. A database containing the radioactive measurements of foodstuffs made in Komarin over a 1990–2016 period makes it possible to estimate retrospectively the internal exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was made possible thanks to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan), that provided 20 D-shuttle© and the associated system for instant reading of daily and total dose. D-shuttle© , which is manufactured by Chiyoda Technology Corp. (http://, measures personal dose equivalent [Hp10]. Since D-shuttle© measurements under the conditions encountered in the affected areas such as Fukushima were comparable with the effective dose of isotropic (ISO) or rotational (ROT) irradiation geometries (Hirayama, 2013), the individual dose measured by D-shuttle© is considered as a realistic indicator of the effective dose from external radiation exposure. Several municipalities in the affected areas in Fukushima provided a D-shuttle© to each resident to measure and help them understand their individual external dose.

Funding Information:
TERRITORIES is part of the CONCERT project. This project has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014–2018 under grant agreement No. 662287. This publication reflects only the author’s view. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the authors. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences 2019.


  • Chernobyl
  • Chronic exposure
  • Citizen science
  • Practical radiation protection culture


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